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Matt Taylor to Charlton Athletic: Is it a good potential appointment? What does he offer?

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Charlton Athletic are considering Exeter City boss Matt Taylor to fill the managerial vacancy at The Valley.

The Addicks are seeking a new manager after former head coach Johnnie Jackson was relieved of his duties.

As per the South London Press, 40-year-old Taylor is now under consideration to come in and be the man to replace Jackson.

With that being said, we thought we’d try to weigh up Taylor’s appointment and what he could offer Charlton Athletic.

Is it a good potential appointment?

This is a really tough question to answer.

His Exeter City side did remarkably well to be automatically promoted from League Two this campaign – only losing out on the title on goal difference.

However, whilst there is no doubting Taylor’s achievements, some may argue that they do not necessarily make him suitable for a job at a club the size of Charlton.

In disagreement with that, though, this could be a good appointment for the Addicks.

Although there is not much difference in age between Johnnie Jackson and Taylor, there is a clear difference when it comes to their level of experience.

This, along with having coached a side to promotion are both big pros of appointing Taylor – although it would not be an appointment that comes without any negatives.

This season, for example, Taylor’s main system at Exeter City was a 3-5-2 – the same as Johnnie Jackson’s at Charlton.

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Given that there are a number of wingers in the squad, who were used as make shift wing-back’s last season, you’d hope that perhaps the Addicks would be looking for someone that uses wide men in attacking areas in their system.

There is nothing to say that Taylor could not adapt his system, though.

What does he offer?

As referred to briefly above, Taylor is an experienced manager for his age and thus could offer Charlton that rare blend of relative youth and experience in the dugout.

Despite being just 40-years-old, Taylor has been boss at Exeter City since 2018, and you only have to look at their recent history to see that he has kept standards high throughout his time there.

Three top-half finishes and a play-off final defeat preceded this season, when Exeter finally achieved their goal of promotion.

That is certainly not a bad record to have and at this stage, you feel Taylor has earned the right to test himself at the next level.

Whilst his experience is not at the level of the likes of Neil Lennon for example, who has also been linked with the Addicks’ vacancy, Charlton must decide what exactly they want in their next manager.

If it is a young and hungry coach that has already gained plenty of experience in the EFL, Taylor could be a good appointment.

If not though, and extensive experience is the preferred option, perhaps some of the other names linked with the vacancy would be better suited to the role.


Freelance writer currently covering all things EFL for Football League World

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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