Taylor, born in Worksop in 1944, had a successful club career with Lincoln City, Watford and Aston Villa before becoming the national manager in 1990.He took charge of England between 1990 and 1993, leading them to Euro ’92 in Sweden, although he resigned in 1993 after the team failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the USA.
“With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack,” a statement from the Taylor family read.
Elton John pays tribute to his friend and former Watford colleague:
“The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss.”
Taylor’s managerial career began at Lincoln City in 1972, where he had been a player prior to him taking charge. Five years later, Taylor began a long association with Watford.In his first spell, which lasted for a decade, Taylor took Watford from the Fourth Division to the First in just five years. He also led the club to the 1984 FA Cup Final, where they lost 2-0 to Everton.
He left Watford to become manager of Villa in 1987, leading the club to promotion to the First Division a year later.After his spell in charge of England, Taylor was soon back in club management with Wolves, before returning to Watford in 1996 where he enjoyed another five years as their boss.
His last managerial role was with Villa, whom he once again took charge of between 2002 and 2003.