by Andrew Petrie – 20th August 2021 – 16:00
Allan Maitland has hailed the ‘outstanding’ appointment of Stuart Taylor as the new Head Coach of Hamilton Accies.
The 46-year-old returns to club after a four-year spell as assistant manager under Billy Reid, starting when he joined as a player in 2007.
Following Brian Rice’s resignation, chairman Maitland recounted exclusively to the Accies website how Taylor’s installation came about.
“I consciously decided I’m not going to make a quick decision. I’m going to take my time, get it right, go through all the applicants.
“I didn’t do anything as far as that was concerned last weekend and let it take its course. On Monday I’m going through the applicants, there’s plenty of them, and there’s people making it known they’re interested.
“And then Stuart phoned out the blue. ‘I’ve left Ross County, I’m really interested, I want to get back to Glasgow.’
“Right away, he’s the top candidate. His qualifications are fantastic, his experience is fantastic.
“I knew about Stuart because he applied before. He didn’t get the job before, but I’ve kept an eye on him. He immediately jumped to the head of the queue.”
Since departing Accies in 2011, Taylor has built up an impressive CV with spells at Al-Khor Sports Club in Qatar, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City and Ipswich.
He also managed Limerick in the League of Ireland, before taking up the role of U23s Head Coach at Aston Villa.
“It fits exactly what we’re looking for and we fit for him because he’s a hungry young man, wanting to do well, wanting to stamp his own authority on a football club,” Maitland said.
“I think we were very lucky and I’m relieved to do it so quickly.”
During Taylor’s first spell at Accies, the club made the leap to the (then) SPL after topping the Championship in his first spell in the dugout.
“Being at this football club was the single thing that made a massive difference,” Maitland admitted. “Understanding the football club. Not coming in here blind, knowing what he was coming into.
“He ticked boxes that I didn’t even know were a box until he applied.”
(Picture: Kenny Ramsay)