Former Nottingham Forest striker Gareth Taylor is clinging to his job by a thread after Manchester City Women were thrashed 4-0 by Chelsea on Sunday.

Goals from Jessie Fleming, Sam Kerr, Fran Kirby and Magdalena Eriksson ensured a comprehensive away win for Emma Hayes’ team.

Taylor has been under pressure for the majority of the campaign. His team currently sit ninth in the Women’s Super League.

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That simply won’t do for the ambitious Citizens and the ex-Forest man is desperate for a few wins.

It’s the second time in a matter of weeks that Hayes has overcome Taylor with a dominant display.

Chelsea beat City 3-0 in the FA Women’s Cup in October and this latest loss further intensifies the pressure on Taylor.

The ex-talisman spent three years at Forest. In 114 appearances for the club, he found the net 25 times and was occasionally deployed as a centre-back under boss Gary Megson.

He did struggle for consistency at the City Ground and left for Tranmere in 2006.

Taylor enjoyed a pretty decent career and signed for the Reds from Burnley where he scored 37 goals in three years.


At the end of his playing career, he returned to Manchester City where he took control of the women’s team in 2020.

He won the FA Cup during his first season in charge and does have a win ratio of 66%.

This season has been a struggle though and he now looks to be on borrowed time with the WSL big-hitters.

Will City give former Forest striker Taylor time?

City face Manchester United on the WSL Cup tomorrow, before embarking on winnable games against Aston Villa and Birmingham.

All three games are likely to contribute towards deciding the fate of Taylor in the City hot seat.

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His position is perilous right now and the former Forest man desperately needs to get his team firing again.

Taylor scored some important goals during his career and he’ll now be hoping for some similar masterstroke as he looks to take City out of their current rut.

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