Taylor in frame as Roeder leaves Watford

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Speculation that Graham Taylor, the former England manager, is set for a return to his old club was mounting last night after Watford parted company with their manager, Glenn Roeder.

Stuart Timperley, the Watford chairman, announced that Roeder had paid the price for a miserable run which has seen Watford anchored to the bottom of the table. However, he refused to reveal whether Roeder had been sacked or had resigned - and was also unwilling to comment on Taylor's return, other than to say the club would make an announcement tomorrow.

Roeder, who had been in charge since July 1993 and is leaving along with his assistant, the former England and Arsenal full-back Kenny Sansom, and the reserve-team coach, Stuart Murdoch, said: "I am sure I have learnt from this experience."

n The Football Association has launched a campaign against unlicensed agents and clubs who work with them. The FA promised to act after a meeting with the 25 English agents to review their first year of working under regulations laid down by Fifa, the world governing body.