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Taylor named All Whites assistant

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/09/2016

New All Whites assistant coach Peter Taylor will remain in Europe to work closely with New Zealand's growing band of offshore players.

New Zealand Football has wasted little time in announcing Taylor as the replacement for Alex Armstrong, who resigned from the New Zealand men's team assistant role on Thursday via a short media release.

Armstrong wasn't available for comment and was wished well by head coach Anthony Hudson following two years of service.

Hudson was more forthcoming on Friday about Taylor, 63, the former England international who was caretaker coach for the England national side for one game in 2000.

The pair worked together when Taylor was the Bahrain national coach in 2011-12 and they have stayed in contact since.

Hudson said it was an easy decision to involve Taylor, who he says will be a key figure as the All Whites' bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Taylor will be based in England and stay in regular contact with the likes of English-based trio Winston Reid, Chris Wood and Henry Cameron, along with others in wider Europe such as Ryan Thomas (the Netherlands) and Bill Tuiloma (France).

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

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

Taylor says he is impressed by the progress made by the All Whites under Hudson, who he respects as a coach.

"I just know that things Anthony gets involved with he does right. He's a very serious person and he's very professional so I'm sure I'm going to come along and enjoy it and I just hope I can contribute in a positive way," he said.

Taylor played four internationals for England as a winger in 1976. He notched more than 100 games for both Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur in England's top flight.

He coached Leicester City in the Premiership in 2000- 2001 and one of his more notable achievements was guiding Hull City from England's League Two to the Championship division.

Taylor will be with the All Whites on their tour of the United States in October when they face Mexico and USA in the space of three days.

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