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Ex-Villa boss Taylor: Scouting network must be improved

Former Aston Villa boss Graham Taylor says his old club's scouting network is not good enough.

In his column for the Daily Express, Taylor wrote: "When I was on the board at Villa I asked the then manager, John Gregory, what he wanted, and how I could help. He said that Villa needed a better worldwide scouting system and I set about putting that in place for him. However, when I left it was not carried on.

"It's the big area that is letting down Villa.

"I know Ian Storey-Moore, who was chief scout under O'Neill, and how the club operated. Villa did not take many players from abroad, it was mainly an English-based squad. That has to change. MacDonald and the board must never again be wide open to five senior members of the football staff leaving when the manager goes. It has wiped them out."

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