Everything about the new England team looks classy. The world-class stadium, the picture-perfect England kits and the footballers, or should we say millionaires, who grace the pitch and who are managed by a suave manager in the finest suit.
But as many of us know, international football didn’t used to be so glamorous. Just ask former England manager Graham Taylor.
Taylor was the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary that followed him through the difficult qualification for the 1994 World Cup, and ultimately the disastrous results of the England national team that resulted in England not qualifying for the tournament itself.
It’s a fascinating glimpse at Taylor, the man, and the incredible pressure he was under. But it’s also a rare glimpse of life as a football manager. And an inside look at the conversations that happen on the football bench, the “Yes man” Phil Neal and how helpless a manager is at times when he’s at the mercy of his eleven players on the pitch.
Back in England, Taylor was butchered by the tabloid media as you’ll see in the above video, as well as the other videos in the series below.
Here’s the documentary entitled “An Impossible Job”: