Former Chelsea, Tottenham and England player Terry Venables dies aged 80 after long-term illness

Former Chelsea, Tottenham and England player Terry Venables dies aged 80 after long-term illness

Terry Venables, who played for Chelsea and Tottenham and went on to coach England, has died aged 80 after a long battle with illness

Venables led the Three Lions during Euro 96, taking them to the semi-final, and also managed Barcelona and Tottenham during his managerial career.

A statement from the family said: “We are completely devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness. We ask that privacy be given at this incredibly sad time to allow us to grieve the loss of this lovely man who we were so lucky to have had in our lives.”

A statement from the head of the League Managers Association, Richard Bevan, said: “The LMA is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of LMA member and former LMA President Terry Venables. Our thoughts are with Yvette and all of Terry’s family at this time.”

Following the news of Venables’ passing ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Aston Villa, the club released a statement which read: “The club is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former player and manager Terry Venables. Our deepest condolences go to Terry’s friends and family at this incredibly difficult time.

“In tribute, we will applaud one minute before kick-off and our players will wear black armbands during this afternoon’s game against Aston Villa. Rest in peace, Terry.”

Venables left school in the summer of 1958 and signed for Chelsea at the age of 15. After six years at the club, he joined Spurs and played for the north London side until 1969.

He would soon return to Tottenham as manager in 1987, before becoming England manager in 1994.

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