Elton John pays tribute to ex-Watford and England manager Graham Taylor

"He was like a brother to me. We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met."

Elton John has paid tribute to ex-Watford and England manager Graham Taylor.

Taylor died aged 72 early this morning (January 12) of a suspected heart attack.

The singer, who was chairman of the Hertfordshire club during Taylor’s time as manager, said he was “deeply saddened and shocked” by the news.

“He was like a brother to me. We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met. We went on an incredible journey together and it will stay with me forever,” John¬†wrote in an Instagram post.

He went on to recall Taylor’s success as Watford manager, writing: “He took my beloved Watford from the depths of the lower leagues to unchartered territory and into Europe. We have become a leading English club because of his managerial wisdom and genius.”

“This is a sad and dark day for Watford. The club and the town. We will cherish Graham and drown our sorrows in the many brilliant memories he gave us. I love you Graham. I will miss you very much.”

After managing Watford, Taylor went on to guide Aston Villa to second in the First Division and had a stint as England manager, leading the team during Euro 92 and the World Cup in 1994.