‘The most innovative coach I played for’ – Gary Lineker leads tributes to Terry Venables after former England manager dies aged 80
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 26, 2023 - 08:59PM
Gary Lineker has described the late Terry Venables as ‘the best, most innovative coach that I had the privilege and pleasure of playing for’ (Photo: Getty)

, and Gareth Southgate have lead the tributes to former manager .

A statement issued on behalf of his family on Sunday said: ‘We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness.’

Tributes have been flooding in for Venables who enjoyed a long career on the pitch and in the dugout with teams including , Tottenham, Queens Park Rangers, Barcelona and England – guiding the Three Lions to the semi-final of Euro 96.

‘The Club is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former player and manager ,’ a statement from Tottenham read.

‘Our deepest condolences are with Terry’s friends and family at this incredibly difficult time. Rest in peace, Terry.

‘In tribute, we shall hold a minute’s applause prior to kick-off and our players will wear black armbands during this afternoon’s fixture against .’

Lineker, who played under Venables for Spurs and Barcelona, tweeted: ‘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. Sending love and condolences to Yvette and the family. RIP Terry.’

England manager Gareth Southgate, who was given his international debut by Venables in 1995, 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.

‘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.’

Former England goalkeeper David Seaman added: ‘Dear Terry, you’ll be sadly missed, you told me I was your England Number one and I’ll never ever forget that.

‘You were by far the best England manager and the nation will always remember the way you managed us at Euro ‘96 – great man, great loss.’

An FA spokesperson said: ‘We are all deeply saddened by the passing of former England manager Terry Venables, a true football icon.

‘As one of the sport’s most charismatic figures, he leaves behind a legacy that captured the imagination of many and enhanced the global reputation of the English game.

‘Today our game mourns the loss of not only a great character but an innovative, forward-thinking manager who was an inspiration to a generation of English players and coaches.’

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