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Peter's Taylor-made for England

Posted on 24 October 2000  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Chris Hughton is backing the FA’s decision to appoint ex-Spur Peter Taylor as caretaker manager of England.

Taylor has been appointed co-caretaker manager with Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren for England’s friendly in Italy next month.

The pair are then expected to join the cream of the country’s coaching talent to form part of a ‘Team England’ when the new manager is named.

Our reserve boss Hughton kicked-off his career at the Lane during Taylor’s 140-game stint before the current Leicester City boss moved on to Leyton Orient in 1980.

The pair have remained friends and Hughton is delighted to see Taylor take charge of the national game’s top job.

“I think it’s a good appointment,” commented Hughton, preparing for his side’s FA Premier Reserve League fixture against Leicester at the Lane on Tuesday night (7pm).

“All you can do is comment on his record so far and he’s someone who has done very well at Under-21 level, who is held very much in high esteem and certainly respected by coaches and certainly the players who played under him at Under-21 level.

“For me, I think it’s a good acquisition for the FA. I presume they will make decisions as time goes on as to whether he will push forward or not.

“Certainly I think it’s a good idea to have what are regarded as one, two or three of those who are regarded as the best young coaches involved even if they don’t get the opportunity at some stage to manage, if just to be there and learn and have some sort of input into the team.”

Hughton only has fond memories of Taylor the Spur.

He added: “I only had a year here with Peter and then he left us for Leyton Orient.

“When I got here he was in and out of the team. He came from Crystal Palace, quite a high-profile move because I think he made an England appearance playing for Palace and had done very well.

“I remember when he was here he had an injury problem which kept him out for a period of time. At the time he was certainly one of the most exciting players at the club.

“Peter has certainly worked his trade. Once he stopped playing he managed at non-league level and was very much involved in the coaching at that level.

“He then had his period of time at Southend, was grateful for the opportunity he was given at Under-21 level and he did very well there — it is one thing being the opportunity but you have got to grasp it and prove your worth.

“He did that and consequently went on to manage Leicester and has started very well.

“With his track record over the last couple of years, particularly at Under-21 level, and a few of those players will come into the senior squad, I think the FA felt he would be a natural coach-stroke-manager to be involved with the senior squad.”

To listen to Chris talking about Peter Taylor, click here