Football: Taylor off agenda

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GRAHAM TAYLOR'S record as England's manager may not come under Football Association scrutiny for at least four months. At the FA's summer meeting in Bournemouth yesterday, it emerged that there were no plans for an inquest on England's recent lack of success.

Sir Bert Millichip, the FA chairman, spoke of steadying the ship rather than cutting Taylor adrift. 'We are trying to qualify for the World Cup finals and we must not rock the boat,' he said.

Millichip added that international matters were not on the meeting's agenda. 'Of course we have to be concerned with what happened in Poland, Norway and the USA. We would not be human if we were not. The time will come when we discuss that. But we have a committee to deal with these matters. It won't be down to me.'

Taylor will give the next FA international committee meeting a report of England activities since they last met on 22 April - but there is no date fixed for the next meeting. The FA chief executive, Graham Kelly, said: 'It could be September, October or even later.'

Only one major decision was made during two days of discussions: Kelly was told to make inquiries into alleged corruption within the game by talking with his Premier League and Football League counterparts. This was in repsonse to adverse publicity concerning an allegation of a pounds 50,000 transfer 'bung' to Nottingham Forest to secure Teddy Sheringham's pounds 2.1m move to Tottenham.

'We are just as concerned about that as the England team,' Millichip said.

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