Football is in mourning following the news that former England manager Graham Taylor has died at the age of 72.
The Birmingham Mail reported the news on Thursday afternoon, and tributes have been flooding in on Twitter from fans, football clubs and players.
Taylor managed the national side for three years between 1990 and 1993 following huge success at Watford and Aston Villa.
Under his guidance, the Hornets rose from the Fourth Division to the First Division across six years and he also led the team to the 1984 FA Cup final, where the team lost 2-0 to Everton.
Taylor returned to Watford in 1996 and spent five years at the club, taking them to the Division Two title and then later earned them promotion to the Premier League.
The Nottinghamshire-born football coach also had two spells in charge of Aston Villa, where they finished runners up in the Second Division and First Division in the 1987-88 and 1989-90 seasons respectively.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 12, 2017
Very sad to hear the news about Graham Taylor. A @WatfordFC legend and an absolute gentleman ????????
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) January 12, 2017
Sad news about Graham Taylor . Had so much respect for him . Gave me my premier league debut and I will always be thankful .
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) January 12, 2017
Farewell Graham Taylor. Your Watford team was bloody brilliant.
— Paul Sinha (@paulsinha) January 12, 2017
— Tony (@D_unstable) January 12, 2017
Now i understand why its raining outside. Such a sad sad day as a true hero and legend passes amoung us. Rest In Peace #GrahamTaylor
— Chris Bottom (@ChrisBottom16) January 12, 2017
Devastated to hear the news Graham Taylor has passed away. Greatest influence on my career. My condolences to Rita and family ????????????
— Tony Daley MSc (@TonyDaley7) January 12, 2017
Devastated at the news of Graham Taylor's passing from the age of 14 he was like a father figure to me at Villa & Wolves. A great great man.
— stevefroggatt (@Froggy123Steve) January 12, 2017
Extremely saddened to hear the news that Graham Taylor has passed away. Genuinely kind and funny man, condolences to his family and friends.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 12, 2017
The greatest legend of them all. RIP Graham Taylor ????????????
— Watford Legends (@watfordlegends) January 12, 2017
Oh no, news just filtering in that Graham Taylor has died, age 72. A true gent of the sport.
— Vital Villa (@VitalVilla) January 12, 2017
Awful news to hear that Graham Taylor has passed away. RIP
— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) January 12, 2017
Gutted to hear about Graham Taylor RIP
— Callum (@clicheguevara) January 12, 2017
Shocked and sad to hear Graham Taylor has died. Always great to hear his views, a cheerful uplifting spirit & a significant influence.
— Mark Davison (@Fuengi) January 12, 2017
— James Michael Purvis (@jaymzacious) January 12, 2017