Newcastle United approach Taylor as new assistant manager.

Posted on January 3rd, 2011 | 2 Comments |

Taylor: "There's something in it"
Taylor: "There's something in it"
Newcastle United are, apparently, in negotiations with Peter Taylor to fill the void left by Colin Calderwood as assistant manager at the club. Rumours have been rife that the 58 year old former England under 21 manager was being hotly pursued by the Magpies, and Taylor himself has now said “There’s something in it”.

This is not the first time that Taylor has been approached by the club however. In 2008 he was approached by Dennis Wise for a role as director at NUFC’s academy, which eventually went to Richard Money.

Taylor was thought of as something of a hot prospect in management when in charge of the England under 21 side, where his record was magnificent. He even managed the full England team for one match, a 1-0 defeat to Italy before moving over for Sven. However his career did not plot the trajectory that many anticipated. After managing Leicester, Brighton, Hull, Crystal Palace, a second spell with the Under 21s, then Stevenage and Wycombe, he eventually moved to his current position as manager of League 2’s Bradford City last year. Perhaps his greatest claim to fame so far is as the man who made David Beckham captain of England in that one game in charge of the full team. Beckham was to remain in the position for six years.

As his Under 21 experience may indicate, Taylor has a strong interest in grooming younger players, which would of course suit Newcastle’s stated interest in developing young talent at the club. He also shares his name with someone who was, arguably, the greatest assistant who ever sat in a dugout. I am of course referring to Brian Clough’s right hand man at Hartlepool, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. But I digress.

Time will tell if the respective parties can thrash out a deal.

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