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‘Synonymous with England coaching’: FA lead tributes to ex-Manchester United boss Dave Sexton after death

By Dean Wilkins

The FA are paying tribute to former Manchester United boss Dave Sexton for mentoring a generation of top-class footballers after his death yesterday aged 82.

Sexton, OBE, took the Old Trafford hotseat in 1977 and spent four years there during the dominant years of Liverpool – his biggest success came from leading United to the 1979 FA Cup final.

And the ex-Chelsea chief, who also took on the role of tutoring the likes of Michael Owen, Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shearer while managing England’s U-21s, was hailed as a man who will always be remembered.

The FA’s chairman David Bernstein said: “The whole of The FA is saddened by this news.

“Dave Sexton was synonymous with English coaching and was one of those people that sat right at the heart of our organisation during his time with us.

“He had many friends at the FA including Roy Hodgson and former England managers such as Sven-Goran Eriksson and Terry Venables whom he worked alongside.

“His achievements speak volumes, but his success with the England Under-21 sides of 1982 and 1984 are something that will always be remembered with great fondness.

“Our thoughts are, of course, with Dave’s family at this difficult time.”

Sexton was best remembered for two spells in charge of the England Under-21 team, between 1977 and 1990 when he led them to back-to-back European titles, and between 1982 and 1984.

West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking, who is now director of football development with the FA, also hailed one of the country’s finest coaches.

He said: “It is a sad day for English football.

“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.

“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.”

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