Former England football team manager Terry Venables dies aged 80

Sports Sunday 26/November/2023 19:28 PM
By: Times News Service
Former England football team manager Terry Venables dies aged 80

LONDON: Former England football team manager Terry Venables has died at the age of 80 after a long illness on Sunday, BBC Sport reported.

Venables managed England from 1994 to 1996, most notably leading them to the semi-finals of Euro 96 on home soil.

He also had spells in charge of Barcelona, Tottenham and Australia.

"We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness," read a family statement.

"We would ask that privacy be given at this incredibly sad time to allow us to mourn the loss of this lovely man who we were so lucky to have had in our lives."

Venables won La Liga and reached the European Cup final with Barcelona, and won the FA Cup with Tottenham.

As a player, he won two England caps and made more than 500 club appearances between 1960 and 1975, largely for Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham.

Former England captain Gary Lineker, whom Venables signed for Barcelona and Spurs, said: "Devastated to hear that Terry Venables has died. The best, most innovative coach that I had the privilege and pleasure of playing for.

"He was much more, though, than just a great manager. He was vibrant, he was charming, he was witty, he was a friend. He'll be hugely missed."

Ex-England skipper Alan Shearer, a member of the Euro 96 side, said: "Extremely sad news. The great Terry Venables has passed away. RIP Boss. I owe you so much. You were amazing."

Current England manager Gareth Southgate, who missed the final penalty in the semi-final shootout defeat by Germany, described Venables as "a brilliant man who made people feel special".

He said: "Any player will have great affinity with the manager that gave them their opportunity, but it was quickly evident playing for Terry Venables that he was an outstanding coach and manager.

"Tactically excellent, he had a wonderful manner, capable of handling everyone from the youngest player to the biggest star.

"He was open-minded, forward thinking, enjoyed life to the full and created a brilliant environment with England that allowed his players to flourish and have one of the most memorable tournaments in England history."

Tottenham held a minute's applause before Sunday's home Premier League match against Aston Villa and both sets of players wore black armbands.

Spurs said they were "extremely saddened to learn of the passing of our former player and manager".

Current manager Ange Postecoglou told Sky Sports: "If you are asking about a person who embodies everything this football club has always wanted to be, it is Terry. It wasn't just about the way he managed or coached; it was the person he was.

"He influenced Australia as well. He was the manager for the national team and almost got us to the World Cup, but the biggest testament is that anyone who I have ever come across that has worked with him will say he is by far the best coach, manager and tactician they have come across."