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Sir Elton John pays tribute to former Midlands manager

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Sir Elton John has expressed his sadness via an Instagram post to the former Midlands manager Graham Taylor.

The pop star was Taylor's chairman at Watford during his time as manager.

He wrote: "I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham's passing. He was like a brother to me"

Wolves 'extremely saddened' over death of Graham Taylor

Wolverhampton Wanderers have said they are "extremely saddened" to head about the death of their former manager Graham Taylor.

He was appointed by Sir Jack Hayward in March 1994, replacing Graham Turned.

He took the Midlands club to fourth in Division One to qualify for the playoffs.

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Lincoln City pay tribute to former player and manager

In 1968, Taylor was bought by Lincoln for £4,000 and played 151 games for the Imps.

He captained the side before retiring in 1972 due to a serious hip injury.

Taylor then chose to pursue a long-held interest in coaching, having already qualified as the youngest-ever Football Association staff coach aged 21.

He took the manager's job at Lincoln and guided the club to the Fourth Division title in 1976.

Football world reacts to death of Graham Taylor

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Aston Villa wait on Lansbury bid

Henri Lansbury Credit: PA

Aston Villa are still waiting to discover if their bid for Henri Lansbury will be accepted.

A £3million offer for the Nottingham Forest captain remains on the table as Steve Bruce looks to revamp his squad.

Midfielder Lansbury is out of contract in the summer and was not included in Forest's squad to face Wigan in the FA Cup on Saturday because of a hamstring injury.

Derby are also reportedly interested in the former Arsenal youngster, who has 19 appearances for Forest this season and joined from the Gunners in 2012.

Bruce is looking to revive his squad after replacing Roberto Di Matteo in October but will not allow Ross McCormack to go out on loan after Villa paid Fulham £12million for the striker in the summer.

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