columnist Steven Woodgate looks at Graham Taylor's return to Watford
and felt his presence is just what the football club need as they battle to
stay in the Championship.
In another life, Graham Taylor may have been a yellow
coloured Yo-yo constantly heading back towards the hand of Watford. His
immediate return to Watford hasn't come as a big surprise; he has flung back in
aid of his beloved club.
The 64 year old has been appointed as a non-executive
director on the club's new-look board as Watford look to escape from the
dangers of a relegation battle.
Taylor's return will be one for the purist, a typically
justified old head that will give the Hornets a wealth of footballing
experience in taking the club forward.
He was brought in, not be involved with Brendan Rodgers but,
for his depth of knowledge regarding Watford
as a club that will support Chairman Andy Wilson to get to grips with
the state that the last regime left the club in. Graham Simpson angered
Honorary Life President Sir Elton John so much, so that he quit his post;
Simpson incidentally left the club after he appointed Rodgers.
Taylor joins fellow veteran Frank Lampard Senior (Football
Consultant) in attempting to restore structure and stability at Vicarage Road.
Graham Taylor is and always will be remembered fondly and
has the upmost of respect at the club, fans idolised him and it is a return of
a legend. He finds himself in a different capacity that what he is used too but
he will let the new management get on with the job in hand.
Brendan Rodgers would not be intimidated by Taylor's
presence he will welcome his advice. No doubt, Taylor will voice his thoughts
and worries and Rodgers will take that aboard, he is still a student of the
game with much to learn. This will help Rodgers develop as a manager and a
coach as well.
Watford find themselves in a very delicate situation,
Championship football next season must be the priority. After a terrible start
and the departure of Aidy Boothroyd, Watford started to look steady to say the
Boothroyd was not popular with
the Watford faithful and they blame him for the current crop of players at
Rodgers disposal. The new manager is always pursuing his own players and his
own squad; this will take time as money resources are not currently available.
Watford fans will support Rodgers and having Taylor back on hand will reaffirm
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