Graham Taylor
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"Graham Taylor" Order of the British Empire/OBE is the former Chairman of Watford Football Club, having formerly been a football pundit, football (soccer)/football coach (sports)/manager, and player. He was the manager of the England national football team from 1990 to 1993, as well as being manager of Watford F.C./Watford, a club he took from the Football League Fourth Division/Fourth Division to the Football League First Division/First in the space of five years, then from bottom of the second division to the Premier League in two seasons two decades later.

Taylor grew up in the industrial steel town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, a town with which he still has many connections and regards as his hometown. The son of a sports journalist with The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, Graham found his love of football in the stands of the Old Show Ground watching Scunthorpe United F.C./Scunthorpe United. He became a player, playing at full back for Grimsby Town F.C./Grimsby Town and Lincoln City F.C./Lincoln City.

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His plate is full and then some. He's not adverse to getting involved in any issue, but he sometimes spreads himself too thin.

Mike's first priority is protecting the resource, but he doesn't hesitate to fold in people's needs and comments.

Everyone talks about his height as if that's all there is to him but I can assure everyone he's very good technically. Look at his touch.

If you're looking for a true professional then you certainly have that in Alec, ... Quite simply he was one of the best signings I made in terms of value for money.

Being an ex-England manager, one that failed to qualify for the World Cup, is like being a dead politician.

He's not flashy, he only makes saves that are necessary and that's the hallmark of a very good goalkeeper. He's a terrific team player, and has been a great ambassador for Watford too.

His height is something he's lived with all his life and it's his main feature but he's got great feet.

Everyone talks about his height as though that's all there is to him. But he's a very good player. Look at his touch, look at his passing, look at his control.

It would be very much harder to win it without him. One of the criteria for most of the past World Cup winners is that they possess a 'special' player. You know, you have a Maradona, you have a Pele, and, in Rooney, England have that 'special' player coming into 2006 in Germany.