A small piece of news popped up last week, that many including myself missed (cheers for the tip Kopps).Â ITV4 is to air in October “An Impossible Job,” the landmark documentary on Graham Taylor during his spell as England boss in the failed 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign.
For those of us of a certain age, this documentary defined the England team. Run by a manager without a clue, the Three Lions played some pathetic football and were shown to be light years behind the rest of the world.
If Euro ’96 was the greatest tournament any of our generation has witnessed, then the previous managerial reign of Taylor was the nadir of the England team. One has to hope that the difference between the Taylor and Venables era’s will be reflected over a decade later between those of McClaren and Capello.
Turnip Taylor has reacted to the news, saying the decision has “opened up some sore wounds.”Â (Phil “yes boss” Neal has yet toÂ comment on the re-showing of the documentary.)
Whatever else, the documentary is a super watch, it makes a mockery of Taylor but also has some great cameos from the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Carlton Palmer and of course Ronald Koeman. Above all, it explains much about the pressure of being the England manager. It does also make you wonder how Graham Taylor is now a respected pundit.
If you can’t wait till ITV4 re-show the documentary, or you would rather watch it at your own leisure, we have located it on YouTube and it can be seen in 14 parts: