THREE UEFA Pro Licence holders will form part of Swindon Town’s backroom team this year after Matt Taylor's agreement of a one-year to remain at the County Ground for the upcoming season.

Taylor, alongside first-team manager Phil Brown and his assistant Neil McDonald, has worked for the past seven-and-a-half years to earn his pro licence badge – something which he believes stands him in good stead after taking on a player-coach role.

The 36-year-old, who scored six goals in 38 appearances for Town last season, returned from Toulon last week where he spent six days with the Football Association working on his pro licence badge.

Putting his knowledge into practice will now be part of Taylor’s full-time role as he takes his first steps down the football management road.

He said: “I always planned to go down the route of coaching within football.

“I’ve done my pro licence course with the English FA, they’ve been really helpful.

“But, taking me out of the equation, to have Phil (Brown) and Neil (McDonald) in the position they are with the experience they have at the highest level puts us in a strong position in terms of knowledge in the manager’s office.

“We all know that knowledge counts for nothing though if we’re not getting results on the pitch.

“All I can assure the fans is that in the three of us we will work as hard as we possibly can.”

Taylor has spent his summer break enjoying some downtime with his family before jetting off to Toulon last week.

The former West Ham man has been in constant dialogue with Phil Brown, who has been picking the brains of his talented winger with regards to possible new signings.

Despite no signings being announced so far, Taylor reassured fans that business is being done.

He added: “The amount of phone calls I’ve already had with Phil about targets – alongside with Neil, who is also working very hard behind the scenes – makes me want to assure people.

“I know that no signings have been announced yet, so I want to urge fans to be patience.

“Phil is steering the ship and ultimately his decisions will be final.

“To be brutally honest I’m really excited by the challenge.

“And having spent last season at the football club I know what a great place it is to work. I know some players from last season have left and new bodies will come in, but the ones that are still here will be itching and raring to go come the start of pre-season.”