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Former England coach Graham Taylor is dead

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 1:00 AM
Graham Taylor

LONDON (AP):

Graham Taylor, the England coach derided for failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup after flourishing as a club manager working for pop star Elton John, has died. He was 72.

Taylor, who won admiration by leading Aston Villa and Watford into the top-flight in the 1980s, died early yesterday of a suspected heart attack, his family said.

"The family is devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss," a family statement said.

He was a regular commentator on matches in recent years for BBC radio.

He is survived by wife Rita and daughters Joanne and Karen.

Taylor is one of only four managers to have taken the same team from the fourth to the top division in English football, and he achieved it within five years at Watford.