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Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 03:58 GMT
Wilko should leave says former boss
Bill Fotherby, Tomas Brolin and Howard Wilkinson
Fotherby (l) and Wilkinson welcome Brolin to Leeds
Former Leeds chairman Bill Fotherby has urged Howard Wilkinson to walk out on England - saying that Peter Taylor's appointment is a snub to the ex-Elland Road manager.

Fotherby was in charge when Wilkinson steered Leeds to the title in 1992 and is furious with the way he has been treated by Football Association executives.

"I think Howard will view Peter Taylor's appointment as an insult," Fotherby said.

"I am not criticising Peter because he is a good manager, but it appears as though Howard will have to leave the FA.

The present team is not good enough. The manager cannot be blamed because all he does is pick the system - he doesn't play
  Bill Fotherby
"I think he could walk out and immediately find himself a new job because everybody knows what a good experienced manager he is."

Fotherby believes there is not a quick solution to England's problems and defended Wilkinson over the criticism he received following his team selection against Finland.

"People blamed Howard for the poor performance in Helsinki but I think this is unfair because he inherited an injury-plagued squad three days before the match," he said.

"If we are truthful the present team is not good enough. The manager cannot be blamed because all he does is pick the system - he doesn't play on the pitch.


"Howard was slaughtered after the match for his comments about building for the future and forgetting about the next World Cup.

"This was wrong because Howard said the same thing to me when I appointed him at Leeds and now look at where the club is.

"We won the league title and the structure he set up is still producing fantastic youngsters.

"Howard was attempting to recreate the success of France and turn England in to a world class side - he's not been given a fair chance."

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