Sports Letter: Too much Taylor

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The Independent Online
Sir: In hindsight, Graham Taylor should have been sacked after the European Championships. In the end, I was pleased we did not qualify for America. Success would have kept Taylor in the job and the team would have continued to perform lamentably.

There are a number of teams in the Premiership - Newcastle, QPR, Norwich among others - who play a delightful pass-and-game that is successful and which the new manager of England should copy. We do have the players now to set us on the road to recovery.

Yet we must not rush into choosing the wrong successor. Need he be full-time? Whoever he is, it is the system that counts. Look at Germany, for example. Same method of play, different players over 30 years.

Yours faithfully,



North Yorkshire