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All Whites assistant lands English role

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/05/2017
Peter Taylor is the new All Whites assistant coach. © Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images Peter Taylor is the new All Whites assistant coach.

The All Whites say assistant coach Peter Taylor's role will be unaffected following his appointment to an English League One club role.

Gillingham FC unveiled long-serving English-based player and coach Taylor will be their director of football.

It is the third spell at the third-tier club for the nomadic 64-year-old, who has previously managed Leicester, Hull, Brighton and Crystal Palace, as well as taking charge of England in a one-off international 17 years ago.

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson said through a spokesman that the post won't affect UK-based Taylor's All Whites duties.

Appointed eight months ago in place of Alex Armstrong, former England international Taylor was tasked with liaising with the growing number of leading Kiwi players who are based in Europe.

"He will give me another viewpoint on things and also equally he's someone I can really trust," Hudson said at the time.

"He can be overseas and be in contact with the players who of course are the most important people to us."

Hudson worked with Taylor when the latter was Bahrain national coach in 2011-12 and they have stayed in contact since.

Taylor's position at Gillingham FC, where he has previously managed, will be to "oversee recruitment and football policy", the club said..

Gillingham FC recently finished 20th in League One, one place and one point above relegation.

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