The 44-year-old enjoyed a fruitful career in the English Football League, spending time at clubs such as Crystal Palace, Swindon Town, Leyton Orient and Exeter City, while also spending two years with Rovers from 2002 to 2004.
Carlisle teamed up with Matt Taylor a few seasons ago as the pair guided Exeter back to League One by finishing runners-up in the fourth tier during the 2021/22 campaign. Just a few months later, the duo took charge of Rotherham United after fan favourite Paul Warne was appointed as the head coach of Derby County.
Taylor remained with the South Yorkshire outfit until November of last year when he was dismissed after a string of poor results, with the club living dangerously inside the relegation zone. Carlisle became interim boss of Rotherham United, alongside Scott Brown and Dan Green, until Leam Richardson was announced as the new man in the dugout.
Meanwhile, Taylor wasn’t out of work for long, having succeeded Joey Barton at the Memorial Stadium three weeks after his dismissal from the Millers. However, Bristol Rovers have now revealed that Carlisle and Taylor have teamed up once more.
Carlisle will be operating as the Individual Player Development Coach, a different role than he shouldered at Rotherham. Furthermore, Kevin Bond has re-joined the club as a first-team coach, while Jamie McAllister has been named as Taylor’s number ‘2’.
Bristol Rovers have made some massive improvements to the backroom staff. All three additions to Taylor’s team have experience playing or coaching with the Gas, while Carlisle and Taylor worked alongside one another every day for several years at Exeter City and Rotherham United.
It now means Taylor has a coaching team that he trusts, with plenty of experience and a host of different ideas as they cling to the tiniest of hopes of potentially making a late push for the playoff places.