THE FOOTBALL WORLD is in mourning after the FA announced that former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Dave Sexton has died at the age of 82.
Sexton won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 1970 before leading the club to their first European trophy with success in the European Cup Winners’ Cup the following season.
“It is a sad day for English football,” said the FA’s director of football development, Trevor Brooking.
“Anyone who was ever coached by Dave would be able to tell you what a good man he was, but not only that, what a great coach in particular he was.” He added:
In the last 30 to 40 years, Dave’s name was up there with any of the top coaches we have produced in England — the likes of Terry Venables, Don Howe and Ron Greenwood.
“His coaching was revered.”
As a player, Sexton played for Luton Town, West Ham United, Leyton Orient, Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.
He began his managerial career with Orient and went on to enjoy spells at Queens Park Rangers, Manchester United, England Under-21s and Coventry City, as well as Chelsea.
Sexton was part of the England coaching team when the squad was managed by Sven Goran Eriksson.
A minute’s silence was held to honour Sexton before the Premier League game between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.