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Dave Sexton, Former Chelsea Soccer Manager, Dies at Age 82

Soccer Manager Dave Sexton Dies At Age 82
Dave Sexton, seen here in a July 1977 file photo as the new manager of Manchester United died Sunday at age 82. Photographer: Mike Stephens/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Former Chelsea and Manchester United soccer manager Dave Sexton has died at age 82.

Sexton led Chelsea to winning the F.A. Cup in 1970 and the Cup Winners’ Cup the following year, the Blues’ first European trophy. In 1976 he guided Queens Park Rangers to a second-place finish in the English league behind Liverpool before moving to United a year later.

He went on to two spells as coach of the England Under-21 team, helping the side to European titles in 1982 and 1984. He also coached Coventry City.

“It is a sad day for English football,” Trevor Brooking, the Football Association’s director of football development, said in a statement. “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. His coaching was revered.”

Sexton began his managerial career at Leyton Orient after playing for clubs including West Ham, Orient and Brighton.

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