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Last Updated: Friday, 9 February 2007, 23:42 GMT
Taylor in talks over top Uefa job
SFA chief executive David Taylor
David Taylor backed Michel Platini's election campaign
Scottish Football Association chief executive David Taylor has agreed in principle to take over as secretary general of Uefa.

European football's governing body has approached Taylor to replace Lars-Christer Olsson in its highest administrative post.

And Taylor told BBC Sport: "As yet, we still have to sign off all the contractual details.

"And to have further discussions with the Scottish FA."

Olsson left his post last week after three years following the election of Michel Platini as Uefa president.

Platini appears intent on becoming a more hands-on president than his predecessor - similar to close ally Sepp Blatter at Fifa.

And Taylor, who is steering a proposal to expand the European Championship from 16 to 24 teams, appears to have been rewarded by Platini for his public backing for the former France international during the election race.

David Taylor is an accomplished and respected leader and UEFA have recognised this in asking him to head up their organisation

John McBeth
SFA president

"I have close links with people there, so it's not entirely new territory for me," said Taylor.

The Scot, a lawyer by profession, joined the SFA as chief executive in 1999 and is a member of Uefa's control and disciplinary body.

Uefa said in a statement: "The UEFA executive committee has mandated the Uefa president and treasurer to continue with their contract negotiations with David Taylor of Scotland to replace Mr Lars-Christer Olsson."

It is the second coup within a week for Scotland in football's corridors of power.

SFA president John McBeth was elected as a Fifa vice-president for the British associations and will take his place on the executive committee in May when the incumbent, David Will, retires.

And McBeth said: "David Taylor is an accomplished and respected leader and Uefa have recognised this in asking him to head up their organisation.

"It will benefit Scottish football immensely to have a Scot in a such a prominent position.

"Contractual details are not yet finalised, but I would hope to reach an agreement with Uefa that includes a handover period, lasting several weeks or months, to allow a smooth transition for the SFA.

"There are a number of major issues within Scottish football that David is heavily involved in and it is important that we retain his input in the immediate future.

"The next step is obviously to recruit David's successor to lead the SFA forward and I will be meeting with the board of directors in the near future to consider our options."

Meanwhile, English FA chairman Geoff Thompson has been appointed a vice-president with Uefa, as have Turkey's Senes Erzik, Angel Maria Villar Llona of Spain and Germany's Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder.

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