The blog is very saddened to learn of the passing of former England manager Graham Taylor, following a suspected heart attack. He was 72.
“With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack,” read a family statement. “The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss.”
Taylor’s playing career took him to Grimsby Town and Lincoln City, managed England during a difficult time as they failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. He also had two spells in charge at Aston Villa, Watford as well as Wolves (where he signed a 14-year-old Dubliner called Robbie Keane).
Elton John, Paul McGrath and various clubs and sportsmen led the tributes to Taylor, a true footballing man.
Devestated to hear of Graham's sad passing, what a gentleman. In my darkest days himself and Rita were always there for me #RipGrahamAHero
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) January 12, 2017
Rest in peace, Graham.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/jt4zFLTPRi
— England (@England) January 12, 2017
Completely shocked by news of Graham Taylor. Always held him in the very highest regard – the man who gave me my first @england cap. So sad.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) January 12, 2017
Everybody at Wolves is extremely saddened to hear of the passing of our former manager, Graham Taylor. pic.twitter.com/bimY8V6eug
— Wolves (@OfficialWolves) January 12, 2017
I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham's passing. He was like a brother to me. I love you Graham. I will miss you very much. pic.twitter.com/FD8lEt7pQS
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) January 12, 2017
Thoughts are with Graham Taylor's family. A proper footballing man. RIP
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 12, 2017
Saddened to hear the news that Graham Taylor has died, a man who loved his football & achieved his ultimate goal. Only 72 years of age RIP
— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) January 12, 2017
Sad news about Graham Taylor . Had so much respect for him . Gave me my premier league debut and I will always be thankful .
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) January 12, 2017
Very sad news that Graham Taylor has passed away. An outstanding manager, lover of football and thoroughly decent man.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 12, 2017
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 12, 2017