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Bahrain appoints Englishman to coach football team

Former England Under 21 coach Peter Taylor signs deal to lead Bahrain's national football team

Bahrain appoints Englishman to coach football team
Football coach Peter Taylor who is the new coach of Bahrain. (Getty Images)

A former England under-21 head coach has signed an agreement to become the new coach of Bahrain's national football team.

The Bahrain Football Association said on Wednesday it had inked a deal with Peter Taylor in comments published by state news agency BPA.

Taylor is an experienced football manager and former player.

He has been the manager of Dartford, Southend United, Dover Athletic, Gillingham, Leicester City, Brighton and Hove Albion, Hull City, Crystal Palace, Stevenage Borough, Wycombe Wanderers and Bradford City, leaving the last role in February 2011.

He also had two spells as head coach of the England under-21 team and took charge of the England national team for one game.

Bahrain is the latest Gulf country to look to the West for coaches to take over their national football teams.

Last week, Saudi Arabia said it had signed a deal with Holland legend and former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard to become coach of its team.

The Dutchman signed a three-year contract on Friday at the Saudi embassy in London and will take over from Ricardo Gomes, who was relieved of his post after violating the terms of his contract.

Rijkaard is set to start his job at the end of July, following the 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Hong Kong in which he will work as an observer.

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