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Dick Taylor (born 9 April 1918) was the manager of Aston Villa from 1964 to 1967, having previously spent several years as the club's trainer.[1]

He took over as manager late in the 1963-64 season after Joe Mercer resigned due to ill-health, and managed to prevent relegation, resulting in him being handed the job on a full-time basis. The following two seasons saw little improvement in form, leading Taylor to invest heavily in new players for the 1966-67 season. Unfortunately his investment failed disastrously, resulting in them being relegated to the Football League Second Division of English football and plunging the club deep into financial trouble. It was only the third time Aston Villa had been relegated in its history. Taylor was sacked not long afterwards, and subsequently ran a sports shop near the club's Villa Park stadium.[2]


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Preceded by
Joe Mercer
Aston Villa manager
Succeeded by
Tommy Cummings

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