Sunderland boss confirms and explains key new appointment to backroom staff

Andrew Taylor is Sunderland's new first-team coachAndrew Taylor is Sunderland's new first-team coach
Andrew Taylor is Sunderland's new first-team coach | Getty Images
Phil Parkinson says Andrew Taylor will be a ‘good asset’ for Sunderland.

Taylor has joined as the club’s new first-team coach, replacing John Potter, who left last month to join up with Jack Ross at Hibernian.

The former Bolton defender joined the club ast week, though it was not confirmed officially by the club.

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It is the 33-year-old’s first coaching role, having played for Parkinson over a three-year period at Wanderers.

“Andrew joined us last Friday,” Parkinson said.

“He's had nearly a week with us now, he's settled in well.

“He's got a lot of experience playing at all levels, he's very intelligent, understands the game and has an opinion.

“He'll be a good asset for us.”

The appointment is likely to complete Parkinson’s backroom staff for the time being.

Since his arrival on Wearside he has brought in Steve Parkin as assistant manager, Lee Butler as goalkeeping coach and Nick Allamby as physical performance coach.