Date: 11th March 2011 at 7:15pm
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Graham Taylor has given his backing to Dougie Freedman and has called on the Eagles owners to give him time to turn things round.

With the trend thesedays in football for the managers to be sacked after a bad season, or even a run of a few bad games, former England manager Graham Taylor has said that he believes Dougie can bring the good times back to Palace but that it will take him some time to do so, and that Palace will have to whether the blips and hiccups that occur along the way.

Speaking to the Croydon Advertiser ahead of Taylor’s visit to Selhurst for an Academy fundraiser in May, he said:

‘Dougie has a long connection with the club and everyone wants him to do well, but he must be given the backing. When we gave Malky (Mackay-Watford) the job we told him he had a contract for 3 years and the only way that would change would be if he walked away.’

Taylor believes Watford are now definitely reaping the rewards of that trust and faith shown to the manager and he adds that all managers require at least 3 years to stamp their authority and ideas on a club – you can’t expect them to get it right all the time within the first 12 months.

The well respected former manager adds that one of Dougie’s biggest tests at Palace will be in becoming the leader, and garnering the respect a manager must demand from the players, as opposed to being one of the lads that’s well liked.

Taylor experienced this switch in positions himself when he hung up his boots at Lincoln and went from being one of the 24 players, to being in charge of the remaining 23.

‘It’s an interesting jump to make, I remember my first day at Lincoln. At first I told the lads to just continue calling me Graham, but after a couple of days I said ‘from now on I want you to call me gaffer or boss’. There is that difference and it’s got to be respected.’

Many fans could criticise Taylor during his spell as the England boss, but very few fans anywhere could criticise what he achieved at club level during his managerial years so his is definitely a voice to listen to.

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