The FA lead tributes to the late Graham Taylor

The death of the former England manager was announced on Thursday afternoon

Graham Taylor

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The family of the former England manager, Graham Taylor, announced on Thursday afternoon that he has died at the age of 72.

Taylor, who grew up in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, took charge of England between 1990 and 1993.

"With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack," his family said in a statement.

"The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss."

Tributes have come pouring out on Twitter and across social media from across the football community to honour the former Aston Villa and Watford manager.

Off The Ball presenter Ger Gilroy remembered his on-air relationship with Taylor after the news was announced.

"We had the real privilege of working with Graham Taylor over a period of several years on Off the Ball and he was unfailingly one of the nicest people we have ever dealt with," Gilroy said.

"I particularly remember one FA Cup weekend where we did a sports movies and documentaries special when we had Graham on to talk about Do I Not Like That, the documentary made about his time in charge of England. Although it was clearly difficult subject matter for him to revisit he was incredibly candid, self-deprecating and funny about a period of his career that had ended in such public failure.

"We also did another great piece with Graham and Paul McGrath where they recounted their time at Aston Villa when Graham effectively saved the career of one of our greatest ever players, so it's fair to say that Irish football will always owe Graham Taylor a debt."