Saturday’s League Two match between Exeter Metropolis and Walsall at St James Park could get somewhat complicated.
Whereas sixth-placed Exeter need to lengthen their seven-game unbeaten run towards a Walsall facet a degree off the relegation locations is fairly simple to grasp, the scenario within the dugouts is a bit more uncommon.
For the primary time in 43 years, two managers with the identical title will face up to one another – Exeter’s Matt Taylor going up towards Walsall’s… Matt Taylor.
Not since 1978, when Fulham’s Bobby Campbell got here up towards Bristol Rovers’ Bobby Campbell, have two namesake bosses met.
“You have received one [Matt Taylor] who’s performed within the Premier League – who we’re up towards this weekend,” the Exeter boss joked to BBC Sport.
“There is a Matty Taylor at Oxford who’s had a implausible profession; I feel there is a weatherman who’s extra well-known than I’m.
“I feel I am most likely the fourth, fifth, presumably sixth down the road in case you Google my title, so I am most likely the least well-known Matt Taylor accessible.”
Metropolis’s supervisor could have had a much less illustrious enjoying profession – he started in non-league earlier than making his title on the membership he now manages, earlier than spells at Charlton Athletic, Cheltenham City and Newport County.
However he does have an extended managerial profession than his fellow 39-year-old, having been on the helm at St James Park because the summer time of 2018.
Walsall’s Taylor, who like Exeter’s boss was a defender, is in his first season as a supervisor after a enjoying profession that noticed him play for England Beneath-21s.
This Matt Taylor gained promotion to the Premier League with Portsmouth, West Ham and Burnley in a 20-year profession that spanned greater than 650 video games in all 4 divisions.
It has not been plain crusing for the Walsall head coach since he was appointed in Might. Simply two wins in 9 league video games this season has seen the Saddlers drop to twenty second in League Two.
However their final two defeats each got here by way of very late objectives, resulting in some optimism earlier than their journey to Devon.
“I am actually excited concerning the problem that’s forward of us on Saturday, I feel it is an excellent recreation for us,” Taylor informed BBC Radio WM.
“I feel we’re enjoying an opposition which are excellent at house, they’ve a transparent plan of the best way they play and the best way they strategy issues, the supervisor is skilled they usually’re a settled group.”
Whereas the 2 bosses haven’t encountered one another a lot of their careers, Exeter’s Taylor is assured his namesake will flip issues round on the Banks’s Stadium.
“He is received a stellar profession to fall again on, and by way of what he is doing at Walsall, he is doing a fairly spectacular job up to now,” he added.
“They have been somewhat bit dissatisfied by way of the personnel he is had accessible up to now, however signed some implausible mortgage gamers, actually on the prime finish of the pitch, so we expect they will be moving into the suitable path sooner slightly than later.”
‘There’s solely two Gary Stevens’
The 2 Taylors usually are not the primary with the identical title to have graced the identical sporting enviornment.
We’ve got already heard about Campbell versus Campbell in 1978, however there are a number of extra.
Who can neglect Gary Stevens and Gary Stevens, each defenders and each England gamers within the Eighties.
Everton’s Stevens gained two league titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup Winners’ Cup, enjoying 46 instances for England – together with on the 1986 and 1990 World Cups – earlier than transferring to Rangers.
Tottenham’s Stevens, a part of their 1984 Uefa Cup-winning facet, gained seven caps for England and performed alongside the opposite Gary Stevens at Mexico 86 – prompting England followers on the match to famously sing ‘Two Gary Stevens, there’s solely two Gary Stevens’.
The town of Leeds additionally had its personal pairing between 2013 and 2014.
Not solely was Brian McDermott the supervisor of Leeds United from 2013 to 2014, his namesake was coach of Leeds Rhinos, the town’s rugby league group – main them to 3 Tremendous Leagues, two Problem Cups and a World Membership Problem title in his time on the membership from 2011-2018.
And remarkably, for a interval in 2013 each Brian McDermotts additionally each had a winger referred to as Ryan Corridor to name upon!