In his reign as a club manager, Graham Taylor lifted Watford from the Fourth Division all the way to runners-up in the old First Division in 6 seasons then to the final of the 1984 FA Cup.
He also had a remarkable time with Aston Villa as he led the team to second in the First Division.
In 1990, he briefly left club coaching and joined England as the boss. His time at the team was however short-lived as he stepped down after failing to lead England into qualifying for the 1994 World Cup.
With his departure from England’s Team, Taylor resumed with club management and also became a conspicuous pundit for BBC Sport.
The announced his death via a statement saying:
“With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack. The family is devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss,” reports BBC Sport.
As they prepare for a home match against Middlesbrough on Saturday, there is a likelihood that Watford will observe a one minute of silence is respect to their former boss.
Musician Sir Elton John took to his Instagram account saying that the news of Taylor’s death greatly saddened him. The celebrated musician was the owner of Watford during both of Taylor’s spells at the Vicarage Road club.
“I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham’s passing. He was like a brother to me,” he said.
Sir Elton went on to explain that the two of them shared “unbreakable bond” ever since their paths crossed and added that their friendship will live on.
“He took my beloved Watford from the depths of the lower leagues to uncharted territory and into Europe. We have become a leading English club because of his managerial wisdom and genius,” Sir Elton wrote on Instagram.
Aston Villa also had kind words for Graham, saying that he news was a blow to them and that the staff which worked with him will always hold onto the memories.
Via BBC Sport
Football Association Chairman Greg Clarke said: “He was a hugely popular and respected figure in the game, not just in English football but international circles as well. I know Graham was very proud of his time as England manager and it was always great to see him at football grounds across the country.”
But Taylor’s remembrance will not just be in Aston Villa and Watford as well as his struggles with England. Those who got an opportunity to interact with him will say that he was not only a nice man but also a genuine one.
He may have been underrated as a manager due to his unfulfilling spell with The England Football Team but his track record speaks otherwise.
He had a successful career run as a club manager both at Aston Villa and Watford.
His try at Wolves wasn’t a good one but his return to Watford saw him reproduce the same old magic, taking the team all the way to Premier League.
Via BBC Sports