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📝 An open letter from Matt Taylor

5 October 2022

Matt Taylor has provided the following message for fans, players and the staff at Exeter City.

The decision to leave Exeter City was taken with a heavy heart.

The club has been a huge part of my life for ten incredible years. Firstly to give me an opportunity to play professional football at 24 years of age, then in recent times as a coach and the last four and a quarter years as your manager.

We have been promoted three times, visited Wembley on four occasions and enjoyed some truly incredible moments. I gave you everything I had and you never wavered in your support of me.

To all the staff, I am incredibly grateful for your efforts and proud of the working environment we created. To the players, you were our motivation, our project and our enjoyment. Your willingness to buy into how we envisaged a team to play led to your success. You are good players but more importantly great people and a credit to you and your family!

To the fans, I feel the club is in the best shape possible, I would not have left it any other way. The club is special in so many ways but you are the constant, the unity and the beating heart of everything the club is. We have always been honest with each other and you took a Southern League Oil Tanker to your hearts!

There will always be a special relationship that we hold and our memories are ours and ours to treasure. To captain, coach and then manage this club has been an honour and last season’s promotion topped it off. We went from the soulless atmosphere at SJP during the pandemic, to our greatest times with a team that connected with the fans like no other. We did it together.

Football constantly moves, but Exeter will stay lodged in me no matter what.

I wish everyone at the club my best wishes and once again, thank you x

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