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banner Sunday, 8 October, 2000, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Beardsley and Cox follow Keegan
Arthur Cox, Kevin Keegan, Howard Wilkinson
Arthur Cox and Kevin Keegan consult with Howard Wilkinson
Arthur Cox and Peter Beardsley have followed Kevin Keegan out of the England exit door.

Two of Keegan's chief coaches both handed in their resignations to FA chief executive Adam Crozier following the head coach's shock departure on Saturday night.

Stand-in coach Howard Wilkinson has replaced the pair with Brian Kidd and Stuart Pearce and the trio now have three days in which to revive England's flagging World Cup fortunes.

"Arthur and Peter both rang Adam Crozier on Saturday night and told him that, in the light of Kevin's resignation, they both found themselves in a similar position," said Wilkinson.

Peter Beardsley
Peter Beardsley felt he could not continue following Keegan's departure

The caretaker coach added: "My task is almost too simple for words. We need three points on Wednesday and have three days and two training sessions in which to pick a team, a way of playing and get a result."

In fact, Wilkinson now finds himself in a familiar position, having stepped in as England coach for one game last year following Glenn Hoddle's departure.

"It's deja vu for me and there are so many similarities it's untrue.

"A lot of song titles spring to mind right now. I have been there before," he added.

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