Former England manager Taylor dies, aged 72

Graham Taylor

Tributes have been flooding in for former England manager Graham Taylor, who has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 72.

Luther Blissett, who played under Taylor at Watford in the early 80s when they finished runners-up in the old First Division and FA Cup finalists, mourned his old manager' loss on Twitter.

Graham Taylor might be best remembered by some for his doomed spell as England manager in the 1990s, but his troubles on the global stage could never overshadow everything he achieved with Watford. "Taylor kept his job, but failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the United States led to his resignation in November 1993".

Arsenal boss Wenger was one of many current managers to pay tribute to Taylor. Awarded an OBE for his services to football, he also served as a radio and television pundit for many years, primarily with the BBC.

"It would have been very easy for a man of his experience to go and get involved and try and help me with what I was learning. I was really shocked by this bad news and I send my condolences to Graham's wife and all of his family".

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Robert Howard: I spent a train journey from Hemel Hempstead to Euston sitting talking to Graham.

Players regularly visited supporters at work, free of charge or any marketing motive, and when Taylor first arrived he took to the streets of Watford to ask fans for their views. "And when you hear stories from people who had closer relationships with him than I did the thing that comes across clearly is that he was well liked, loved and respected".

He also had a successful spell in charge of Aston Villa and ended his career in 2003 following a second stint at Villa Park, while also managing Lincoln and Wolves.

His greatest success came during his maiden spell at Watford after forming an unlikely alliance with Vicarage Road chairman Sir Elton John in 1977. With England, however, he was unable to apply the clarity and simplicity of his working methods with equal efficiency, probably because the manager of a national team is denied the day-to-day contact with the players and the regular work on the training ground that he so enjoyed. "My thoughts go out to (his wife) Rita, (daughters) Joanne, Karen and the whole Taylor family". I'll be very surprised if you don't see big, powerful managers not coming out and speaking about Graham Taylor. We have become a leading English club because of his managerial wisdom and genius.

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