A late Ellen White goal might have just helped former Nottingham Forest striker Gareth Taylor keep his job. Manchester City drew 2-2 with Manchester United on Saturday and the ex-Reds man was starring down the barrel.
Talk before the game had been regarding Taylor and his future. A poor start to the WSL campaign had led to vast speculation over the incumbent’s future.
The 48-year-old originally joined City as a coach in 2011. He was tasked with developing young players in Dubai, before becoming the under-16s manager in 2012.
In May 2020 he was announced as the new head coach of Manchester City Women; leading them to the FA Cup in November of last year.
This season has started poorly though. Despite boasting a plethora of talent, the Citizens sit ninth in the division, losing three of their five fixtures so far.
There had been some talk prior to Saturday that Taylor would be handed his p45 if he oversaw another defeat.
Georgia Stanway was sent off in the 35th minute and that certainly didn’t help Taylor’s case.
Khadija Shaw did put City in front but second-half strikes by Lucy Staniforth and Alessia Russo had the former Forest striker fearing the worst.
White popped up in typical fashion though to earn Taylor a stay of execution.
The Daily Mail still believes the boss is on the brink and a vast improvement will be required if he’s to keep his job.
Taylor must call on Forest experience to revive City
The former talisman suffered relegation with the Reds and knows all about languishing in unfortunate league positions.
He scored 25 goals for the Reds in 100 appearances and tasked with being one of the players to replace Marlon Harewood, he never really got taken to by the fans.
He did taste success with City though, helping them out of the old Second Division during the 1998/99 campaign.
Taylor enjoyed a sound career playing a lot of his football in what is now the Championship.
He’s now facing his first real challenge during his managerial career and his sticky situations from his time at Forest could really help him.