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Wednesday, 17 October, 2001, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
Taylor is new Brighton boss
Peter Taylor has taken the manager's job at Brighton
Peter Taylor has taken the manager's job at Brighton
Peter Taylor has been appointed as Brighton's new manager - returning to the game less than three weeks after being sacked by Leicester City.

Taylor has signed a three-year contract as successor to Micky Adams, who ironically left Brighton to become assistant to Dave Bassett at Filbert Street.

Brighton are third in Division Two and will be delighted to have secured such a high-profile manager.

Former England caretaker manager Taylor was sacked as Leicester boss on 30 September after a string of poor results that left the Foxes bottom of the Premiership table.

He has proven his ability and has got an obvious wealth of experience, that can rub off on the rest of us
Bobby Zamora
Brighton striker

Taylor told the club's official website: "I am pleased to be getting back into management quickly and am absolutely delighted it's with Brighton, a club with great potential because of its tremendous following.

"I remember a cup game of theirs I saw at Canvey Island a few years ago when the club was at its lowest ebb and being amazed at the fantastic turnout of supporters that day.

"Fans like that deserve the success they have enjoyed recently and I hope to give them more in the future."

Chairman Dick Knight added: "Peter Taylor's management experience at both Nationwide and higher levels of football makes him ideal for the Albion, a club poised to continue its climb up the league ladder.

"He quickly identified with the ambition and potential here at Brighton and I am very pleased he has chosen to join us.

"Peter relishes the prospect of working with our existing strong playing squad and coaching staff to take the club forward."

'Great credentials'

The Filbert Street side took just five points from their opening eight games, which included a 5-0 home defeat to newly-promoted Bolton and 4-0 to Arsenal at Highbury.

But Taylor vowed to return to management swiftly and prove Leicester City wrong - which he will not aim to do at Brighton.

Brighton striker Bobby Zamora backed Taylor to lead the club to Second Division glory.

Zamora said: "When I heard the list of who was being put forward for the job at Brighton, Peter Taylor was the name that stood out as having great credentials.

"Micky coached us really well and I think we have got a great bunch of players and staff here now, and hopefully Peter can take us on from here and move us forward.

"He has proven his ability and has got an obvious wealth of experience - that can rub off on the rest of us."

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