Former Watford boss Graham Taylor was confirmed as England manager 24 years ago today

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Monday, July 16, 1990

Three years after leaving Vicarage Road, Graham Taylor was confirmed as the new manager of the England national team, replacing Bobby Robson.

His appointment had been long heralded; Manchester City manager Howard Kendall had earlier been quoted as saying that: "The FA have a candidate, he will give a very good interview and will get the job."

Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day

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9:14am Wed 16 Jul 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Never got the support of many football clubs - players always "injured". Classic was Alan Shearer - long term unavailable - as soon as Verry Tenderballs took over Shearer was fit and on form for England again.

GT had to pander to the masses and play "sophisticated football" - so we ended up losing to international teams - who played the long ball. Still the first England manager in a Euro not already knocked out since 1968 with a game left.

20 years on - we are out of the World Cup with a game to play - beaten by the long ball to Bite Me Suarez. Goalkeeper - final third - Goal.

Yes we did not qualify for the 1994 World Cup - but having seen the Dutch game again last - the ref totally bottled not giving a pen and send Koeman off.

I don't think anyone over 40 will ever see us win the World Cup - much as I would really like it to happen. Life is too nice for top players to bust a gut - when their focus is keeping fit and on form for their 5 year club contracts. What we will see is a regular cycle of sacking the England manager as a failure.
Never got the support of many football clubs - players always "injured". Classic was Alan Shearer - long term unavailable - as soon as Verry Tenderballs took over Shearer was fit and on form for England again. GT had to pander to the masses and play "sophisticated football" - so we ended up losing to international teams - who played the long ball. Still the first England manager in a Euro not already knocked out since 1968 with a game left. 20 years on - we are out of the World Cup with a game to play - beaten by the long ball to Bite Me Suarez. Goalkeeper - final third - Goal. Yes we did not qualify for the 1994 World Cup - but having seen the Dutch game again last - the ref totally bottled not giving a pen and send Koeman off. I don't think anyone over 40 will ever see us win the World Cup - much as I would really like it to happen. Life is too nice for top players to bust a gut - when their focus is keeping fit and on form for their 5 year club contracts. What we will see is a regular cycle of sacking the England manager as a failure. gloryhornet4
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10:09am Wed 16 Jul 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

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10:14am Wed 16 Jul 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Outrageous refereeing in Holland game which ultimately cost GT the role. If the ref had done his job we would have won that game and qualified fpr 1994 WC and who knows what would have happened. I guess we at WFC ultimately benefited from that refs decision.....
Outrageous refereeing in Holland game which ultimately cost GT the role. If the ref had done his job we would have won that game and qualified fpr 1994 WC and who knows what would have happened. I guess we at WFC ultimately benefited from that refs decision..... Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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11:09am Wed 16 Jul 14

Buenos Aires Hornet says...

For anyone interested. Here is video of highlights from Rubin Kazan game: http://www.youtube.c

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For anyone interested. Here is video of highlights from Rubin Kazan game: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=2vGUYbY_G UM Buenos Aires Hornet
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9:35pm Sun 20 Jul 14

bornyellow says...

To Hornet fans, he was the messiah....one of the greatest managers this country has ever produced...so true.....the sad thing is that the nation see him as a failure in terms of his England management...for me Taylor is in league with Clough...a true master of management.
To Hornet fans, he was the messiah....one of the greatest managers this country has ever produced...so true.....the sad thing is that the nation see him as a failure in terms of his England management...for me Taylor is in league with Clough...a true master of management. bornyellow
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