Gareth Taylor played for City between 1998-2001
He returned as a coach in 2011 and in the summer of 2017 was appointed City's academy manager, replacing Lee Carsley.
Having previously overseen the Club’s Under-16s, he then led City’s Under-18s for three seasons, helping to develop the fledgling careers of many young players and guiding the team to successive Premier League U18 Cup victories in 2019 and 2020.
In May 2020, Taylor agreed a three-year deal to become the new Head Coach of Manchester City Women, succeeding Nick Cushing, who also started his coaching career in City’s Academy before spending six trophy-laden years with City's women's team ahead of his switch to New York City FC.
A striker during his playing days, the former Wales international boasts almost 650 appearances in all competitions.
Achieving successive promotions during his time at Maine Road, Taylor featured 55 times for City between 1998 and 2001, including the Club’s famous Division Two Play-Off Final win over Gillingham in 1999.
Speaking about his new role, Taylor said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have joined Manchester City Women and I’m extremely excited about the challenge ahead with a very talented group of players and staff who have enjoyed a lot of success in recent years.
“I’m really honoured to have been appointed to this role and I can’t wait to get started with our preparations for another thrilling and competitive Barclays FA WSL season in 2020/21.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some great people within Manchester City and the Club’s Academy so far, but I’m absolutely relishing my new role within City Football Group and I’ll be giving everything I have to continue Manchester City’s success and growth in the women’s game.”
Premier League U18 Cup2019, 2020