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Wednesday, 2 May, 2001, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Taylor upset over backroom blitz
Taylor, Jackett and Blisset on the Watford bench
Taylor: Sad his assistants will not be staying
BBC Sport Online's Andrew Warshaw reports from Vicarage Road.

Gianluca Vialli's bold appointment as the new manager of first division Watford received a mixed reaction on Wednesday ffrom the man he replaces next season, Graham Taylor.

Taylor, who is leaving the club after 15 years, says the Italian is undoubtedly the right man for the job but says Vialli should have kept faith with Watford's backroom staff.

First team coach Kenny Jackett and reserve team manager Luther Blissett will both be surplus to requirements when Vialli takes control on 1 July.


I'm very disappointed that people like Kenny and Luther have not at least been given an opportunity
  Graham Taylor

The Italian is bringing in his own team, which may include Ray Wilkins with whom he worked at Chelsea.

"I support the appointment of Gianluca totally. It's a wonderful opportunity for the club," said Taylor.

"This guy is more than just a football man. He has a substance about him."

But Taylor said the back-up team who had worked under him at the club for many years should have been retained.

"Whilst I'm very much pro his appointment, I'm very disappointed that people like Kenny and Luther have not at least been given an opportunity.

Innocent victims

"Kenny has been here since he was 13 and is very capable. I'm very sad that they have been asked to go without being given a chance to show what they can do."

Taylor said Vialli knew his feelings on the matter. "The backroom staff are often the innocent victims and that's what has happened this time. These guys have a proven record and have played at the highest level.

"Kenny knows this division inside out and is at his peak. He has produced players for this club left, right and centre."

Taylor, who managed to get Watford into the Premiership but couldn't keep them there, believes Vialli will find it equally difficult to stay up because of limited resources if and when Watford reach the top flight again.


I'll be giving Luca my assessment of the playing staff but then it's up to him
  Graham Taylor
"It's very important that he has a budget to improve the squad and I'm sure he will. The principles of managing are the same no matter what division you are in. You go out on to a training pitch trying to get players to improve.

But two or three years down the line, it will be very interesting," said Taylor.

The former England manager said he was anxious about the image of the club in the immediate future, if not long-term.

"I'm concerned about the break-up of the family unit we have produced but I understand Luca doesn't know either of them."

As for the players, Taylor indicated they would all be fighting for their places next season.

"They know we under-achieved this season and that a new manager coming in is going to be less likely to accept that. I'll be giving Luca my assessment of the playing staff but then it's up to him," he said.

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