Died today aged 72. A shock to his family and thoughts for them.
A successful club manager with Watford and Aston Villa- his time at England which was not a success should not close his club achievements. By all accounts a gentleman as well.
Graham Taylor RIP Watch
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- 12-01-2017 19:42
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- 13-01-2017 10:19
Terrible news RIP to a great man and an amazing sportsperson
- 13-01-2017 10:41
Taylor was a top guy. He basically did in real life what people have as their all time favourite save game on Football Manager that they will never delete.
Took over Watford in the equivalent of League Two and took them to the top division, four promotions in five years! He took them to the FA Cup final during that time too. Then he got the Villa job when they were basically where they are now, took them back up in his first season, kept them up in his second, and finished second in the league in his third.
That was the point he got the England job, which ended badly, but with hindsight there were a lot of factors outside his control. Expectations had been raised by England getting to the semis of Italia '90 and Gazza emerging as close to the best midfielder in the world, we haven't had a player in that dominant category since. Also Des Walker was one of the top defenders in Europe back then. But that Italia '90 side was also ageing and needed freshening up and the unfortunate truth was the general talent coming through at the time was a bit barren. When Gazza did his knee ligaments and was out for the best part of two years that robbed us of our best player. Still, the reason we didn't qualify for USA '94 was because of bad refereeing when Ronald Koeman should have been sent off for fouling Platt when he was through on goal, the ref let him off, then soon after Koeman (who was a free kick boss) had a free kick, it got blocked, the ref said it had to be retaken and he scored . That cost Taylor his job and meant England didn't qualify, the papers laid in to him and he was treated as a joke figure for a while.
But in fairness he went back to Watford who were in League One, and took them straight up with two promotions to the Premier League. He knew what he was doing in club football.
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- 13-01-2017 18:25
Absolute legend, still shocked to see him go. Nice little tribute this video.
- 13-01-2017 21:46
His early managerial career was before my time (only really remember his second spell at Aston Villa) but since then, his managerial aptitude was characterized by a turnip which was a gross over-reaction with the reasons Magic noted.
What can't be disputed is the numerous stories coming out after his passing showing tremendous generosity, care and respect for his players and officials. The England failure hurt him deeply but he handled everything with good grace and humour.
- 14-01-2017 08:25
Before my time, only remember his second spell with us but all the old time Villans including Daddy Wilf saying he was one of football's good guys.
Rest in peace.