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Dave Sexton dies aged 82

ESPN staff
November 25, 2012
Former Chelsea, Manchester United and England Under-21 boss Dave Sexton has died aged 82 © PA Photos

Former Manchester United, Chelsea and England Under-21 manager Dave Sexton has died aged 82.

Sexton enjoyed a long and successful managerial career, and won the FA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup during his seven-year tenure at Stamford Bridge.

He also had two stints in charge of England Under-21s, first leading the team to back-to-back European titles in 1982 and 1984 - during a 13-year reign which ended in 1990 - and then returning to the helm between 1994 and 1996.

His managerial career began at Leyton Orient and from there he moved on to Chelsea, before enjoying spells in charge of QPR, Manchester United, England Under-21s and Coventry.

The Football Association's director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking paid tribute to Sexton, and claimed he was up there with the top coaches England has produced.

"It is a sad day for English football," Brooking said. "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 30-40 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."

A former player with Luton, West Ham, Leyton Orient, Brighton and Crystal Palace, Sexton was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to football.

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