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England caretaker boss Peter Taylor
"It was a wonderful experience"
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Sunday, 19 November, 2000, 14:41 GMT
Taylor admits England ambition
England walk out for the clash with Italy
England were watched in Italy by Sven Goran Eriksson
England caretaker manager Peter Taylor has stated his desire to take the job on a permanent basis one day.

Taylor, who took charge of the side that lopst 1-0 to Italy in midweek, is currently manager of Premiership high flyers Leicester, but would like to take the biggest job in English football when the time is right.

"I have made no secret about it," Taylor told Radio Five Live. "When the time is right I would love to do it."

"I know there would be bad times, I know that you would get bad press, but at the end of the day I think that it is a job that I would love to have one day. That would be my next target now.

Taylor's England target

"I have achieved one in that I have managed my country and would love to have the job permanently - but certainly not yet.

Taylor showed no fear in the game he took charge of, choosing a team filled with players no older than 30.

"This was an easier situation for me because I was a caretaker manager and able to try a few things and not too many people blamed me for that," he said.

"It was a wonderful experience - anybody would want to be manager of their country.

"As I walked out before the game I thought about it. I never ever thought I'd be manager of the senior team but it happened on Wednesday."


Taylor is not sure whether he will play any part in the next England game, a friendly with Spain at Villa Park on 28 February 2001, although he believes Sven Goran Eriksson, the manager-in-waiting, will be involved.

Eriksson, currently boss of Lazio, is not scheduled to take over until next summer. But Taylor believes that the Swede will have plenty to work with when his time comes.

"They showed confidence and that is the most important thing about playing for your country - feeling that you deserve to be there. I think a lot of them did.

"It also looked as if they all had a plan and a picture when they got the ball.

"I'm delighted because a lot of players have done themselves some good. I said I would enjoy doing the job - and I have."

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