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Peter Taylor. A bad manager overnight ?

It is just coming to the time of season where we will see many managers losing their jobs throughout the divisions. Pre-season has come and gone. The high hopes that we all feel for our team at the beginning of each season does not stay with everybody until this time of year. Expectations are not met by many fans and chairman so as we move through October those managers and coaches in a job will be feeling the pressure while those managers and coaches out of a job can smell an opportunity.

Obviously we have seen some casualties so far this season which is always par for the course. But I must vouch for one of my former managers who is having a tough time of it at the moment.

Peter Taylor is being put to the test by those at Bradford City. A club whose ambitions go beyond that of their current divisional status. Having enjoyed Premier League football not so long ago it seems a long way from the lower reaches of the basement division.

A former England manager most famous for giving the captaincy to David Beckham, success with our U21’s too as well as an extremely successful period in the life of Hull City, where he managed me (Southend United too), now finds himself facing much criticism for where Bradford find themselves.

The facts say he is not just a good manager, but a great manager. The vast majority of managers come nowhere to achieving what he has achieved.

So the very reasons why I am sure that everybody connected to Bradford City were so pleased that he took over at Valley Parade should be the same reasons why he should be given time to finish the job.

Who do we blame for this ?

The players ? I’m sure that they have not performed to their expected levels. Maybe the club is to big for them. This happened with many at my time with Hull City. A huge stadium by League 2 standards and the expectations to go with it was simply too much for some players. They hid, didn’t want the ball. They played safe. This could be the same at Valley Parade. But Peter managed to change the fortunes of one sleeping giant and given time I am positive he can re-awaken another.

You don’t just become a bad manager overnight.

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  1. fossil
    October 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. They have a combination of experience (Taylor) alongside a Bradford stalwart (Jacobs). If they did get rid who would they turn to then?

  2. Marcus Needham
    October 7, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    In some ways the expectation and crowds at Bradford have worked against them.


  3. October 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I hope his fortunes turn around both for him and for Bradford – as you say he isn’t just a good manager but a great manager – I find it so bizarre that this seems to happen time and time again. What do you think about the number of “good managers” that are currently out of the game? Can’t believe how many are no longer involved?

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