As reported by the Chronicle, former England manager Graham Taylor has sadly passed away aged 72.
Taylor, who was considered a great man by those in the game, performed miracles at Watford and was brilliant at Aston Villa.
However, what some may not know, is that he had Newcastle United in his heart.
Speaking to the Chronicle in 2010, Taylor said: “It seems like a long, long time ago, but it was when I went to Villa. I had been there a year and there was an offer, through a third party, asking whether I would be interested in considering the Newcastle job,”
“I couldn’t because I had signed a contract at Aston Villa, but there was a tinge of regret there.
“It would have been a fantastic opportunity and Newcastle has always had a place in my heart, ever since I made my debut for Grimsby against them in the old Second Division.
“I knew all about Newcastle and what a big club it is – I had actually spent a lot of time at St James’ Park when I was at Watford.
“In fact, it was on the Gallowgate that I learned never to under-estimate the knowledge of the average football fan.
“When I was a young manager at Watford and we didn’t have a midweek game I used to go to Newcastle a lot if they were playing.