Ex – England manager Graham Taylor has died with a suspected heart attack. He was 72.
Leading the tribute was singer Elton John who described Mr Taylor as “a brother.” When Elton John owned Watford Football Club, he placed Taylor in charge twice, in 1977 and 1996. On Instagram Elton John wrote, “I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham’s passing.
“He was like a brother to me. We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met. We went on an incredible journey together and it will stay with me forever.
“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.
“This is a sad and dark day for Watford. The club and the town. We will cherish Graham and drown our sorrows in the many brilliant memories he gave us.
“I love you Graham. I will miss you very much. My thoughts go out to Rita, Joanne, Karen and the whole Taylor family. @watfordfcofficial #GrahamTaylor #RIP.”
Graham Taylor had successful football related careers. He was considered a good player and manager, and he had good broadcasting skills.
Tributes have come in for Graham Taylor from the footballing community. Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, told Radio Five Live, “It’s a real shock. He was a real gentleman. I’ve known him since we were both 15 at England schoolboy trials.
“It was sad the way that the England job turned out for him, but that’s happened to a lot of England managers.
“He was a real quality human being. He cared about his fellow professionals and the good of the game. He should be remembered as a man who added to the game, who really showed his ability as a manager.
“He thought a lot about the game, was in his own mould. I’m proud and privileged to have been able to call him a friend.”