MATT Taylor says he will accept whatever decision is made by the club’s hierarchy as to whether his spell as Swindon Town interim manager extends to a second game.

Town fell to a humbling 3-0 defeat at home to West Country rivals Cheltenham Town on Saturday in Taylor’s first match in charge since being handed the reins on a temporary basis in the wake of David Flitcroft’s shock resignation on March 1.

Speaking last week, Town chairman Lee Power stated that he saw no reason why Taylor would not be a viable candidate for the position on a full-time basis.

However, Power also revealed that there has been plenty of interest in the vacancy, including from former Premier League manager Phil Brown, who remains the favourite with the bookmakers to be given the job.

In the aftermath of the defeat against Cheltenham, which saw Town drop out of the League Two play-off places, Taylor says the future of the vacant hotseat at the Energy Check County Ground remains in the hands of those higher up.

“It is not my decision and it is not for me to answer,” said Taylor.

“I am a player at this football club, an employee. I am employed as a player and have been asked to do something and that is what I have done.

“I can’t answer that question, that’s as frank as I can be.”

Taylor has expressed an interest in pursuing a career in coaching once his playing days are over and the 36-year-old does not expect that to be dampened by one bad result.

For now, though, Taylor’s immediate plans are to begin preparations for next weekend’s trip to Cambridge United and trying to keep Town’s promotion quest alive.

“Whether it puts you off or not, I wouldn’t have spent the last seven or eight years doing what I have been doing, giving up summers and giving up my own time to accumulate coaching badges,” said Taylor.

“It is a game of football and we didn’t win. We digest it, we pick the bones out of it and we go again. That’s what it is, I am not going to lie, it is not life or death, it is a game of football.

“We approached it in, I believe, the best manner we could with the players at our disposal and it just hasn’t worked so we have got to move on.

“We have another massive game next Saturday and I don’t like using that old adage of 10 cup finals as it is not, it is 10 league games.

“It is 30 point to play for and we will continue to try to pick up as many of those as possible.”