Taylor Fears For Roberto Future

Sunday, 9 November 2008, 9:39
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Fuelled by nothing more than the need to fill column inches the former England manager has compared Roberto with Boothroyd in the early stages of their managerial career.

Boothroyd steered Watford into the Premiership when least expected but this week found himself out of work with Watford sliding towards the relegation zone.

And Taylor took the chance to tell Wales on Sunday that he fears the same for Roberto who won the League One title in his first full season and has guided the Swans into the upper reaches of the Championship.

“I do see big similarities between Aidy and Roberto,” said Taylor – the similarities though stretch no further than being young managers as he goes onto admit.

“They both came into management at a relatively young age after playing careers which had not exactly seen them hit the very peak levels of the game.

“I’m not too familiar with Roberto’s management style, I actually knew him better as a player under Kenny Jackett, but he seems the type of man who brings a lot of energy to everything he does.

“He seems very approachable, the kind of man players have no trouble going to with their problems, in many ways Aidy was exactly the same.

“Aidy enjoyed a lot of success when he first arrived at a young age and Roberto at Swansea is doing exactly the same thing.

“I don’t want to be a doom-monger in any way whatsoever, but you do have to be so careful when you are starting out on your career and you need to be given time, time to make your mistakes and learn from them.

“You learn the most from the bad times in this game, but the way things are now at the first sign of weakness you find yourself out on your ear.

“That is what happened to Aidy, I don’t know what happened within the club, but the expectation sometimes is frankly ridiculous.

“I listen to these phone-in shows after matches on the radio and it is unbelievable.

“If you do not take a team up it is seen as a failure, only a very small number of teams can actually gain promotion though.

“I wish Roberto all the best and hope when he does meet failure, which he will because we all do, he is given the chance to learn from it and move on.”

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