Former England manager Taylor dies, aged 72

British media reports that former England manager Graham Taylor has died at the age of 72

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1. FORMER ENGLAND MANAGER GRAHAM TAYLOR

WATFORD, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 24, 1999) (REUTERS PICTURES – Graham Taylor, the former England football manager, has died at the age of 72, according to media reports on Thursday (January 12).

Taylor, who had a playing career with Grimsby Town and Lincoln City, was a successful manager in English football’s top flight with Watford and Aston Villa.

He was best known, though, for his turbulent reign as England manager between 1990 and 1993 when he was widely criticised for failing to take the national team to the 1994 World Cup finals.

After further spells as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Watford for a second time and Aston Villa, he made a successful career in the media and became a much-loved figure within the game following the ridicule he had occasionally faced as England boss.