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Watch ‘An Impossible Job,’ The Fly-On-Wall Documentary About England Manager Graham Taylor: Do I Not Like That

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”:

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  1. Smokey Bacon

    November 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Taylor suffered the misfortune to follow Bobby Robson’s team that lost in the semis at Italia 90. The public expectation levels following that tournament were arguably higher than they are today and Taylor was simply not up to the job. He dismantled a great team getting rid of Lineker, Waddle, Barnes, Beardsley and within 3 years had turned them into a joke. The only bad luck was losing Gascoigne through injury when he would have emerged to be the best player in the world between 1991-1994. Had Taylor kept that team intact, I believe England might have won Euro 1992 and they would have been a strong contender for the 1994 world cup. Instead, Taylor doomed himself with his ridiculous team selections – Carlton Palmer, Andy Sinton, Geoff Thomas etc. The long-ball kick & rush tactics may have worked at Watford but not at international level. Anyone who thinks the likes of Sam Allardyce or (God help us) Ian Holloway might make a good England manager should watch these video clips.

  2. 11Kicks

    November 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    It’s strange. I saw this when it aired and remember just being furious with Graham Taylor for his failure to make it to USA ’94. But watching it a decade and a half later you really feel for the guy.

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