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By ESPN Staff
Aug 3, 2006

Taylor understands U21 dilemma

Peter Taylor has admitted he could be forced out as England Under-21 coach - because the job needs a full-time commitment.

New England boss Steve McClaren told Taylor yesterday that he would continue to run the team on a game-by-game basis - starting with the friendly against Moldova at Ipswich on August 15.

Taylor is keen to continue to combine the role with his club management duties - he left Hull to take over at Crystal Palace earlier this summer - but accepts the theory that the Football Association should appoint a coach who would concentrate fully on the Under-21s.

'If Steve wants to go for a full-time man, I understand,' Taylor said. 'During my first spell as Under-21 coach [from 1996-99], I did the job full-time.

'You do the job better when you're full-time. You make better contacts, you know when youngsters make their debuts and you can then keep an eye on them. You can watch them three or four times.

'Here, I can't do that, because I'm concentrating on club football.

'One of the reasons Steve wants me to do game-to-game might be because he wants a full-time appointment. I've always said it's a full-time job.'

Taylor's coaching talents are well respected within the Football Association, and he is considered one of the best developers of young players in the country.

But he appeared to rule out remaining on the FA's coaching staff in a different capacity.

'I don't think there'd still be a place for me within the coaching set-up,' he continued.

'I'm happy to be a manager of the Under-21s, but [otherwise] I'd just stick to club football.'