Taylor reveals Baggies frustration
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Baggies fans have been calling for the veteran hit-man to be given a chance in the first team to help solve the side's goal scoring problems.
The long-serving forward has found himself behind Jason Roberts, Lee Hughes, Danny Dichio and Scott Dobie in the pecking order and has started just one Premiership game this season.
Taylor admitted it is unlikely he will be given an opportunity to win his place in the side and that he has been forced to train with the kids.
"I train with the kids and have no contact with the manager," said Taylor.
"I haven't spoken to him for four months. I'm trying to do well in the reserve games and I'll keep plugging away and try to score more goals.
"The manager has been quoted as saying I'm still in his plans but I think I'm way down the pecking order. It's getting a bit too late to try and get in now with only eight games of the season left."
Megson has resisted calls from the club's fans to restore Taylor to the side he feels he is right in not using him in the first team.
"I understand that people are looking at the past, at what Bob Taylor has done in the past, and are saying 'Bob will do this and that for us' - but it's my view that he wouldn't," said Megson.
"He's 36 and he's played nine reserve games this year. I see him day in and day out. I see the reserves. I know what is going on.
"I understand that people have a soft spot for Bob and they must realise that it was me who brought him back to the club. At that time one of the club fanzines was saying it was a mistake for me to do that.
"Bob deserves a bumper gate for his testimonial match and has been a magnificent player for West Bromwich Albion.
"He is not happy at not being involved and I understand the crowd turning round and saying what they are saying. But sentiment is just not part of picking the team."