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Terry Venables, Former England And Barcelona Manager, Passes Away At 80


Terry Venables, the former England manager, has passed away at the age of 80 following an extended illness. The League Managers’ Association, on behalf of Venables’ family, announced the news in a released statement.

In addition to his tenure with England, Venables, who also managed Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona, achieved notable success. He guided England to the semifinals in the 1996 European Championship, held on home soil. Throughout his illustrious managerial career, he also took charge of Crystal Palace and Leeds United.

It read: “We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness. 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, during his time as Barcelona’s coach, secured LaLiga glory, ending an 11-year title drought, and guided the team to the European Cup final. Notably, he played a role in bringing British strikers Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes to Camp Nou.

“The best, most innovative coach that I had the privilege and pleasure of playing for,” Lineker, who also played under Venables at Spurs and England, wrote on X. “He was much more, though, than just a great manager, he was vibrant, he was charming, he was witty, he was a friend.”

England manager Gareth Southgate, who played under Venables for the Three Lions during Euro 96, added: “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. A brilliant man, who made people feel special, I’m very sad to hear of his passing and my thoughts are with Yvette and all of his family.”

Beginning his professional career as a player with Chelsea in 1960, Venables later played for Tottenham, Queens Park Rangers, and Crystal Palace before transitioning to a managerial role. As a player, he amassed over 500 league appearances, winning the League Cup with Chelsea in 1965 and the FA Cup with Spurs in 1967. Venables, having earned two international caps, made lasting contributions both on and off the field, including a two-year stint as the chief executive of Spurs from 1991 to ’93.

“We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Terry Venables, our former player, manager and chief executive, who passed away on Saturday,” Spurs said in a statement.

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