Watford head coach Javi Gracia has paid tribute to Graham Taylor on the second anniversary of the Hornets’ legend’s death, describing him as “an amazing coach and a very good person.”

Taylor took Watford from Division Four almost to the very top of English football during an incredible 10-year period, making him a club icon.

He would further add to his legacy nine years after that, when he returned to Watford to guide them from the third tier into the Premier League.

During a managerial career that spanned more than 30 years, Taylor also managed Lincoln City, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers and took charge of the England team for three years.

He died of a heart attack on January 12, 2017, aged 72, and has since been further honoured at Vicarage Road with a statue.

Gracia said: “Every moment someone speaks about Graham, you can feel something special.

“When I arrived I didn’t know many things about the club, about his past, but now I know more things and I know he was a very important person here.

“From my position, always I try to be very respectful with him because I know he was an amazing coach and a very good person as well.”

He also had a stand named after him when the old Rous stand was renamed to mark his achievements over his two spells as manager.

Prior to his death, Taylor was honorary life president of the club, and had also served as both chairman and a director on the club's board.