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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 April, 2004, 11:26 GMT 12:26 UK
Jackett Taylor-made for Swans
Graham Taylor (left) has given Kenny Jackett a glowing reference
Graham Taylor (left) worked with Kenny Jackett (right) at Watford
Former England manager Graham Taylor says Kenny Jackett has all the attributes to become a top manager.

Jackett was confirmed as Swansea manager on Monday morning, and Taylor is sure his former assistant at Watford will succeed at the Vetch.

"He's his own man. He's very strong and I think this is the time for him to come into management," Taylor told BBC Wales Sport.

"He'll be very thorough and Swansea will be pleased with what he brings."

Jackett's only previous managerial experience so far came back in the 1996-97 season when he took over from Taylor after Watford's relegation to the Second Division.

He led the side on a remarkable 22-game unbeaten run in the league and helped stabilise a club struggling with off-field turmoil.

"He kept the club together and kept the team performing," Taylor added. "He had the longest run of unbeaten games in that year.

"A lot of those were draws admittedly, but he went on a 22 game unbeaten run and I think he did tremendously well to keep Watford going.

I think Swansea could have done a lot worse
Graham Taylor on Kenny Jackett
"I don't think he got the recognition he should have done."

Taylor returned to the Vicarage Road hot seat at the end of the season as part of a deal that saw Elton John back as club chairman.

Jackett, who won 31 Wales caps and reached the 1984 FA Cup final as a Watford player, reverted to first-team coaching duties, and "was first class" according to Taylor.

He became surplus to requirements in May 2001 when Gianluca Vialli was appointed manager, but Queen's Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway recognised his abilities and snapped him up as his assistant.

Taylor says he always sensed a desire in the 42-year-old to move from coaching to management, and believes Swansea could just be the ideal setting for a "proud Welshman" to begin his managerial career in earnest.

"Kenny's been in the game long enough and if he's going to have a go at management now's the time to do it," said Taylor.

"Deep inside Kenny's always wanted to be a manager and make the final decisions himself.

"Now he's got the opportunity and I think Swansea could have done a lot worse."






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