In Summary

  • He  made over 500 appearances for Chelsea, Tottenham, QPR and Crystal Palace as a player.
  • The family asks for privacy at this time
  • Venables is a legendary figure at Tottenham having won the FA Cup as both a player and a manager.

The world of football has paid tribute to former England manager and player Tery Venables  who has died at the age of 80.

Known as El Tel, the 80-year-old passed away on Saturday .

Venables was at the helm for England’s unforgettable run to the semi-finals of Euro 96 after forging a highly successful club managerial career with Crystal Palace, QPR, Barcelona and Tottenham.

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He also made over 500 appearances for Chelsea, Tottenham, QPR and Crystal Palace as a player.

His talents did not just lie on the pitch, though. During his playing career, Venables co-wrote detective novels, which were later turned into the TV series Hazell about a wise-cracking cockney private eye. It ran for 22 episodes from 1978-79.

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Venables Family Asks For Privacy

A statement from the family of Venables said: “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.”

Tottenham Club Pay Tribute

Tributes were paid to tribute to former Tottenham manager Terry Venables ahead of the club’s Premier League match against Aston Villa on Sunday
(PA Wire)

Venables is a legendary figure at Tottenham having won the FA Cup as both a player and a manager. The club paid tribute to him by holding a minute’s applause ahead of their Premier League fixture with Aston Villa on Sunday.

A statement read: “The club is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former player and manager Terry Venables.

“Our deepest condolences are with Terry’s friends and family at this incredibly difficult time. 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 Aston Villa.

“Rest in peace, Terry.”

Neville, Southgate lead tributes to Venables

England manager Gareth Southgate, who missed a penalty in England’s Euro 96 semi-final defeat to Germany, hailed Venables as “a brilliant man, who made people feel special”.

He added: “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.”

 

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