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Awful news for his family.

He did a super job as a manager at Lincoln and Villa, not to mention Watford.

Like them all he didn't pull up any trees for England [and upset Lineker] but he'll be sorely missed. As Jacko says, he used to be on the radio a lot and was always good value.

A great shame.

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Aye..decent bloke and did a great job at club level but sadly thought Carlton Palmer was the answer to England's midfield problems

 

I have that documentary on VHS somewhere..will have to dig it out. Phil Neal steals the show though

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Aye..decent bloke and did a great job at club level but sadly thought Carlton Palmer was the answer to England's midfield problems

 

I have that documentary on VHS somewhere..will have to dig it out. Phil Neal steals the show though

 

Sat watching it now, remember being angry at the time how badly we'd failed, now it just makes me smile.

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Sad news, a proper manager who was great at club level and unlucky but no worse than many others as England boss.

 

Shame on certain vile newspapers that made his life a misery and were relentless at making his job as national coach much more difficult.

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The Sun are reporting that he'll be buried in his garden between the runner beans and the potatoes.

 

(Sorry, I couldn't help it)!

 

Seriously though, a sad passing of a man who always came across as a decent person and who wasn't all that old. He just wasn't up to the England job but then again that's been the case with most England managers. RIP Graham.

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Really sad. A very nice chap who I had the privilege of meeting on a couple of occasions. It's not so long ago that he moved away from these parts (he lived in Sutton Coldfield) to move to Hertfordshire to be nearer to his daughter. Fitting I suppose that he was down there close to the scene of arguably his greatest period in charge of Watford. IMO he was much better as the England manager than the media gave him credit for and was of course, also comparitively successful during his period with Aston Villa. RIP Graham. Sadly taken too young.

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I remember us going to Villa in 1990 and losing 6-0 in the FA Cup,we got absolutely slaughtered when Graham was manager for them.At the end of the match we gave Rudgie a standing ovation and chanted his name all the way back to the tunnel.

A lovely bloke,RIP Graham.

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I remember reading that when Steve Brooker was here on loan Taylor received a few good offers for him from other clubs but he turned them all down because he'd already given his word to Horton that Vale had first option at 15k.

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I remember reading that when Steve Brooker was here on loan Taylor received a few good offers for him from other clubs but he turned them all down because he'd already given his word to Horton that Vale had first option at 15k.

 

 

That is absolutely accurate, and a lesson to the people who are in positions of power in football today. The man deserves great credit for that act, which helped Vale enormously.

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An excellent manager who did great things, especially for Watford and Villa, but for for whom it never quite happened for England. He did make mistakes with the national team but he also struggled with injuries to key players and couldn't really keep a settled side.

 

The Impossible Job documentary, apart from being unintentionally hilarious and full of Accidental Partridge moments, had one or two poignant moments and left you feeling sympathy with him in the end.

 

I was lucky enough to meet Graham at a bit of a corporate do. The company I was working for had a product launch for the 2010 World Cup and Graham came in, posed for photos, signed autographs, did a Q&A session and reffed a light hearted penalty shootout. He was everything that everyone has said about him in the tributes. Away from the TV cameras there was something about him that shone through, as though he'd had the edge taken off him. He was warm, relaxed, and you could understand why he'd been such a successful manager. I could really imagine wanting to play for him and being part of his dressing room if I'd been a professional footballer.

 

Away from that I always found him a very thoughtful and articulate pundit, particularly on Five Live. One thing I remember him saying was him taking issue with someone who said the old cliché 'he'd done the hard part' after a bad miss, his argument was that sticking the ball in the net was the hard part and explaining the value of a composed and natural finisher.

 

Most of all, what always came across was that he always retained that child-like enthusiasm about the game we have/had ourselves, and didn't allow himself to become too jaded by professionalism and disappointment. At least not on the outside.

 

RIP.

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Good man and good club manager but it didn't happen for him at International level. He certainly didn't get the run of the ball at International level, the Norwegian goal at Wembley and the events surrounding Ronald Koeman and his frree kick goal in Rotterdam are still etched in my memory of England catastrophies.

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