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Micky Moore on our new head coach | Interview

26 June 2023

Interviews

Micky Moore on our new head coach | Interview

26 June 2023

Micky Moore sat down with the media to provide an update on the appointment of Matt Taylor as our new head coach and the process he went through before hiring the 41-year-old.

Micky joined Shrewsbury as our director of football in mid-may and has today captured the signature of Matt Taylor as our new head coach. 

Matt will oversee the coaching of the first team while Micky will deal with the off-field responsibilities such as contracts and signings however, Matt will be involved in that process too.

Speaking the to club, Micky said:

"We went through a thorough process. I said right at the beginning that I needed time.

"I met quite a few candidates for a coffee, had a lot of telephone conversations with people, and obviously I brought the number down to be interviewed.

"We interviewed five people.

"We spoke to six in terms of there being one candidate who we approached a national federation to speak to a potential candidate. We were denied permission on that so that went by the by.

"We interviewed five and then we got down to the last two and Matt fit the criteria we set out right at the very beginning.

"I think from the moment I walked in, from what I've said I said our head coach will look like, Matty fitted that script and I'm very excited to have him on board."

On Matt's previous coaching experience at Tottenham and Walsall:

"I think it'll massively help him.

"He'll have learned lots from his time at Tottenham and loads from his time at Walsall.

"I think he had periods at Walsall where they were very good so he'll have definitely learned from those experiences and I'm a great believer in one job not defining you.

"These things are here to test you and I know from speaking to him his first interview was two hours, his second interview was two hours and then we had a third one with the chairman that was 90 minutes.

"He's shown in that process how much he's learned and developed, not only as a coach but also his experiences within that time.

"I think we're getting a more rounded individual than the one that actually went into Walsall."

On how Matt will be judged:

"First and foremost he will understand that results are important but he'll also be judged on how we play, how he copes as a head coach and how he conducts himself on the side and interacts with the community.

"There are many strands to being a head coach and it won't just be at 3pm on a Saturday or 7:45pm on a Tuesday."

On player recruitment:

"[It's] going well. Part of the process on the interviews (for a new head coach) we did was we gave them some players we were looking at and they had to come back to us and say where they felt they'd fit in and what their thoughts on them were.

"Matty's well aware of the type of targets [we have] and the plates that we are spinning and hopefully I can start getting some of those over the line because they are the type of players he wants."

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