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Name Graham Taylor
Gender Male
Ethnic xxxx
Job England Head Coach
Desc Taylor’s career as a player was cut short through injuries, but as a manager he racked up well over a 1000 games in charge of different clubs. Immediately after his retirement in 1972 he took over at Lincoln City, the club where he had played

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Club Watford
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2011 11 20 Retrieve

[Taylor had a very direct approach to the game] If people think all we did was whack the ball and chase it, it must have been a very poor First Division! I was brought up watching the kind of football where teams went forward trying to score. I enjoyed my team doing that.

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] His football does not seem to suffer by all of this going on around him. You look at his passing and he makes it look so simple. When he passes the ball, it always seems to go where he wants it to go. That sounds simple, but believe me, it is not

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[20 years since Graham Taylor’s World Cup failure] If you say ‘Holland’ to me, to this day I see David Platt running through on goal. I can’t help it. When things don’t go well as an England manager, it sticks with you for the rest of your life.

[Leads at home to Norway and then the Netherlands were painfully squandered, putting qualification in doubt] We played very well in both of those games and if we had won just one, which we deserved to, we would have been OK. We were a point above the Netherlands, with two games to go. A draw would have been enough for us to qualify and we were as confident as we could expect to be

[The England skipper was hauled to the ground by Koeman, but referee Karl-Josef Assenmacher decided to only show the Barcelona man a yellow card, rather than red. The documentary was to show Taylor imploring the German official to send Koeman off, memorably asking fourth official Markus Merk] What sort of thing is happening here? I could not believe what I was seeing. It was a goalscoring opportunity and Koeman should have gone. Fifa had made a very strong point in the weeks before the game that the denial of a goalscoring opportunity was a straight red card. He should have been sent off, absolutely

That was when I lost it. I honestly felt that we were being cheated. The referee was favouring the home side, I really felt that, as the free-kick we had blocked was exactly the same. The only other occasion in my career I felt like that was when I was in charge of Lincoln and we had a terrible penalty awarded at Birmingham. But this was obviously worse.

I lost the plot because I honestly and truthfully felt that England were being cheated in a vital game for the country. That was the worst I’ve ever been on a touchline. I’d never been like that before. But that is the one time I end up on film, so that’s what people remember

The referee’s got me the sack. Thank him ever so much for that won’t you? I try not to think about what would have happened next if Koeman had been sent off. I’m sure we would have qualified for the World Cup and I probably keep my job. But that’s life

I didn’t ever expect that we wouldn’t qualify, I was arrogant enough to think that. So I was keen to show the problems of being England manager. Then, as the results went on and we didn’t qualify, I became more central to the documentary, quite rightly. You’re the country’s number one villain

One positive which came out of it is that people saw I was passionate about the job. But I can’t watch it. I put a little bit of the documentary on my computer recently but I couldn’t watch it. I said to myself ‘don’t watch it Graham, because for the next week you’ll be down’