Watford Football Club is in a state of mourning following the news Graham Taylor has sadly died.
Club legend Taylor, 72, had two spells in charge of Watford and is considered their greatest ever manager, leading them into Europe, to runners-up in the old First Division and to the Premier League.
“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 club statement. “The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss.”
The Watford players will wear black armbands against Middlesbrough on Saturday and there will be a minute’s silence / applause to mark his death.
Taylor teamed up with Elton John to lead Watford on a remarkable rise up through the divisions in his first spell in charge.
“I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham’s passing,” wrote Elton on Instagram. “He was like a brother to me. We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met. We went on an incredible journey together and it will stay with me forever.
“He took my beloved Watford from the depths of the lower leagues to unchartered territory and into Europe. We have become a leading English club because of his managerial wisdom and genius. This is a sad and dark day for Watford. The club and the town. We will cherish Graham and drown our sorrows in the many brilliant memories he gave us. I love you Graham. I will miss you very much. My thoughts go out to Rita, Joanne, Karen and the whole Taylor family.”
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