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Aug 26, 2010

Taylor reveals talks over English failures

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has told Soccernet that talks have taken place to change English football as a result of the continued failure of the national team.

A high-level meeting involving the FA, League Managers Association and Premier League took place before the recent friendly against Hungary to formalise plans to set up an FA technical committee dedicated to the development of the England team.

Taylor told Soccernet in an exclusive interview: "There was a strong feeling in that meeting that something needs to be done, and maybe the solution is to formulate a special FA committee.

"Now we need to put the fine words into action and into a proper focus on what needs to be done. It needs to remain high on the agenda.

"We are now awaiting the response, but the LMA and PFA are right behind it and, while Sir Trevor Brooking is part of the FA's technical committee, it needs to be expanded and given proper backing.

"The aim must be to develop young talent all the way through to the senior international team. It is not a fluke that Spain are doing so well at international level having kept the best of their young players; it's not a fluke that Germany changed their attitudes and rules some time ago to develop young players. We need to do the same.

"We need to have far more qualified coaches, as we are lagging well behind the rest of the big nations. We have a long way to go, but there seems to be a will to make this all happen after what occurred in South Africa.

"We also need the clubs on board and it was encouraging that the Premier League's chairman, Sir Dave Richards, was at the meeting and their chief executive, Richard Scudamore, also came into the meeting. We have a lot of foreign owners, but it seems the Premier League is prepared to do its bit in aiding the national team, and to provide a system to produce successful young talent able to emerge into the national side.

"Everyone wants a successful England team. It is good for the English game, and everyone recognises the need to do something to make it happen."

Taylor also revealed that he has advocated a role for David Beckham within the new plans.

"David Beckham is a patriot, and I am sure he will help in any way he can," he said. "Beckham needs to be part of any future plans to remould the England set-up. Beckham and players like him need to be integrated into the set-up in the same way that the Germans take on board former players from Beckenbauer to Rummenigge.

"Beckham is the perfect recruit to a new structure the FA intend to bring in for their international team. In the past, we have allowed so many people to drift out of the game who could have played a vital role.

"Beckham would certainly be a candidate - he has been one of the country's top players for so long and he has a worldwide presence. It might be that he can be part of the coaching set up or help coach young players. I know he says he doesn't wish to go into management, but this is vastly different.

"In any case, I know so many players who say they wouldn't entertain coaching, until they retire that is, and then they want to take their coaching badges. I suspect this might happen with David Beckham."

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