Former Chelsea manager Dave Sexton dies, aged 82
He went on to coach the England Under-21 team between 1977-90, leading them to successive European titles in 1982 and 1984, and again from 1994-96.
AnalysisDave Sexton was one of the great elder statesmen of English football - both an innovator as a coach and a success as a manager.
He is best remembered for leading Chelsea to FA Cup victory against Leeds United in 1970, following it up by securing the European Cup Winners' Cup against Real Madrid the following season.
Sexton came close to arguably his greatest triumph in 1975/76 when he almost brought the title to Queen's Park Rangers, only to be narrowly pipped by Liverpool.
A quiet, modest man who was regarded as one of the game's great thinkers, Sexton took Manchester United to the FA Cup Final in 1979, where they lost to Arsenal and his acumen and wisdom was utilised by the FA and a succession of England managers in his later years, leading the Under-21 team to back-to-back European titles in 1982 and 1984.
"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."
Sexton began his managerial career at Leyton Orient in 1965 but it was during a seven-year spell with Chelsea that he made his name.
He won the club's first FA Cup trophy with a 2-1 replay victory over Leeds at Old Trafford after the first match had ended in a 2-2 draw at Wembley - David Webb scored the winner in extra time after Peter Osgood's late equaliser had cancelled out Mick Jones's goal for United.
A year later, Sexton's Chelsea lifted the European Cup Winners' Cup - Real Madrid were the opposition and Ignacio Zoco's last-minute goal cancelled out Osgood's opener, leading to another replay.
Again, Chelsea triumphed 2-1 with Osgood and John Dempsey scoring before half-time.
Chelsea tweeted: "RIP David Sexton - Chelsea manager 1967 to 1974 who guided us to our first FA Cup and European trophy - the Cup Winners' Cup."
Sexton's managerial career
- 1965: Leyton Orient
- 1967-74: Chelsea
- 1974-77: QPR
- 1977-81: Manchester United
- 1977-90: England U-21
- 1981-83: Coventry
- 1994-96: England U-21
In 1977, he moved to Manchester United but was sacked in April 1981 after four years without winning a trophy at Old Trafford - although he did win his final seven games in charge.
He ended his full-time managerial career at Coventry in 1983 but continued his England Under-21 coaching in a part-time capacity.
Sexton was awarded an OBE for his services to football in 2005. BBC