Exeter City appoint former captain Matt Taylor as new manager

Exeter City have appointed former captain Matt Taylor as their new manager.

The 36-year-old replaces Paul Tisdale, who announced his departure earlier on Friday after 12 years in charge.

Taylor was at the club from 2007 to 2011 where he made 147 league appearances before taking up a role as manager of the U21s.

He replaces Tisdale, who was the longest-serving manager in England following Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal exit.

Tisdale earlier released a statement confirming his departure: “In light of the continuing speculation over my role as manager of Exeter City Football Club, I feel it is appropriate to announce that I have rejected the new and improved contract offered to me.

“I would like to note that the club did everything in its power to keep me and for that I am extremely grateful. However, I feel now is the correct time for some careful personal consideration regarding my own career.”