Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Taylor made for Toon?

Why have two Taylors at the club when you can have three? If the Guardian is to be believed, Peter Taylor could be about to join Steven and Ryan on Tyneside, taking up the position of Alan Pardew's right-hand man. When asked about the rumour, the much-travelled Bradford City manager conceded: "There is something in it".

In other Toon-related managerial shenanigans, it's being reported that Chris Hughton is in line to take the reins at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, George Burley having been given the boot on Saturday. We'd like nothing better than to see him score a new job and excel - and the Championship's a division in which he knows how to succeed.

Meanwhile, having been appointed as Gary Speed's assistant at Sheffield Utd in the summer and then as his caretaker replacement until Micky Adams' arrival last month, John Carver has now left the Blades. Mark Stimson's spell in charge at Barnet has proved equally short-lived, our former left-back sacked with the club in serious danger of slipping out of the Football League.

Finally, Tony Jimenez has bought himself a place on the board at Charlton as part of a takeover deal. Heaven help the Addicks if our shadowy erstwhile "vice-president (player recruitment)" invites the Poison Dwarf to come and line his pockets...


It seems as though the appointment of Peter Taylor won't be happening after all. According to Bradford's joint chairman Mark Lawn, we got as close as agreeing compensation, only for Taylor to retreat and reaffirm his commitment to the Bantams. Back to square one for Pardew, then.

Similarly, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has poured cold water on the speculation about Chris Hughton: "I have never met him in my life. He came to the Millwall game presumably because he was in town and he wanted to take in a game in London. That obviously set everybody talking. But I've not spoken to Chris, I've not had a job application from Chris, obviously he's a very good young manager so if he applies for the job we would consider it out of courtesy, but I've not spoken to him and I don't even know if he wants the job."

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