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The Graham Taylor Career Journey Hello and welcome, as I try to emulate the managerial career and footballing philosophy of the former England Manager, Graham Taylor. Taylor at the age of twenty-eight, became the youngest manager ever to be appointed by a club in the Football League, when he took over Lincoln City halfway through the 72/73 season, saved them from relegation, whilst finishing a credible tenth in the old Fourth Division. The previous summer, at twenty-seven, he became the youngest man to become a qualified FA coach, after his own professional football career in the Fourth Division had been cut short prematurely by a hip injury. Graham Taylor had a very clear vision for how his teams should play. It should be a direct, fast paced style of play combined with the high pressing and counter pressing game, combined with lots of shots on the opposition's goal. His vision worked and by the 1975/76 season he had led Lincoln City to the title, setting records along the way for games won (32) and goals scored (111) in a single season. He spent the following season in the Third Division with Lincoln City, finishing 9th, before he got a call from Watford's chairman Elton John offering him to drop down a division and take over the club. After accepting the position, Taylor propelled Watford up the table with three promotions in four seasons and getting them to a F.A cup final at Wembley. He also went on to manage Aston Villa, leading them to second place in the 1st Division, before taking the England job, which ended in failure to qualify for the 94 World Cup in the U.S. So for this save I’ll start unemployed with a National A coaching badge, and a past playing experience of regional level professional footballer. After reading his self-penned autobiography, I also intend to use the high intensity tactics he used throughout his career, and see where it takes me. I also want to get a job in League Two, since this was the division where he started his managerial career. The aim of the save is to get my first team promoted and secured in League One within four seasons. Then try start all over again with a League Two side, achieving three promotions in four seasons with them, and if I can, getting them to a cup final along the way. Another aim is to be offered the England job. In the next post I'll update you on whatever League Two club is willing to hire an inexperienced 29 year old Taylor.
Good Afternoon Chaps, After the sad passing of Graham Taylor last week and being a mad Watford fan, I felt it was important to add some of his flavour to a tactic. I am normally one for possession tactics or couter attacking tactics so this style is something new. Having read the fantastic pieces by @Rashidi on his site about counter pressing, I thought it might be interesting to combine counter pressing and route one football. Here is what I have: Control - The reason for Control is becuase I wanted to create a 'forward' passing tactic that was quick and direct Fluid - I wanted to create two units - attacking and defending. As we would be playing longer balls, I felt the need for playmakers high up the pitch was not required. Go Route One: This is the flavour of Graham Taylor - Longer balls up to a Target Man Pass into Space: Alongside the Target Man I have an Advanced Forward and two wingers. I wanted the balls to be played out into the space for them to chase on to and use their pace. Use Tighter Marking: This was to help with the counter pressing - closer to the opposition to knick the ball back. Much Deeper Defensive Line: This is something new I am trying, the advanced players have heavy closing down/tackle harder to do a high block and the deeper defensive line with high closing down/hard tackle on the backline to create a low block. Closing Down Much More: All players bar the two CMs have High Closing, they have much less. As I am fluid, I wanted an attacking striker role as the players will be closer together next to a support role. The two wingers used to create width and cross for the strikers. The full backs cross from deep for the Target Man. I have started the season with a reasonable start but is a little inconsitenet - 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 loses. The goals I have condeded include players being found in space between my midfield and defence but I dont have the pace to play a higher line, hence the low block. I could move the DM (S) to a (D) but he provides runs from deep to attack on the edge of the box. PIs: GK (Long Kick) 4 Defenders all Closing Down More and Hard Tackling DM(S) - Closing Down Less, Get Further Forward DLP(D) - Close Down Less, More Risky Passing Wingers and Strikers All Closing Down Max and Hard Tackle Can anyone assist in any glaring issues?