Stoke City boss Paul Lambert has confirmed Rangers Under-20’s coach Stuart Taylor will join him at the Bet365 Stadium as his assistant manager – a little over a week after Taylor was appointed by the Gers.
Lambert replaced Mark Hughes in the hotseat at the Premier League club earlier this week and is starting to assemble his backroom staff by moving for his former assistant.
Rangers senior Taylor was one of three new hires by the club’s academy last week, alongside former Ibrox stars Kevin Thomson and Gregory Vignal, with Taylor stepping in to replace Graeme Murty as Under-20’s head coach.
Lambert confirmed the move for Taylor and believes it will help take Stoke “a long way.”
“Stuart Taylor will come in with me at the moment and I’ll maybe add to that,” Lambert said, in a video posted on Stoke’s official Twitter account.
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Taylor had spells playing with Airdrie and St Mirren before a stint as Limerick City boss in the Republic of Ireland and has also spent four years as first-team coach at Hamilton.
The 43-year-old worked alongside Lambert at Wolves and left Molineux in May 2017.
Football Insider verdict:
Unfortunate timing given Taylor was only appointed last week but it would be ridiculous to have stood in his way of a move to the Premier League. Taylor’s short-term contract at Rangers was only until the summer anyway so it might just see a little reshuffle in the club’s Academy staff. Taylor is highly-regarded as a coach so it is disappointing he wont get to work with the Gers’ kids but there’s not much that could have been done to avoid it. It could possibly give a chance to some of the other Academy coaches to step up and shine.
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