Former England boss Terry Venables has died at the age of 80.
A statement released by his family said: “We are 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 sorrowful time to allow us to mourn the loss of this lovely man we were so lucky to have had in our lives.”
The LMA (League Managers Association) have responded by saying: “The LMA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of LMA member and former LMA President Terry Venables.
“Our thoughts are very much with Yvette and all of Terry’s family now.”
Tributes to Venables have already started to pour in on social media, with one X user saying: “So sad about Terry Venables. Euro ’96 was such a special tournament. RIP.”
“RIP El Tel! Terry Venables brought so much entertainment at Euro96. I had no affiliation with England back then but still wanted them to win,” said another.
A third fan said: RIP Terry Venables. It didn’t work out for him at Elland Road, but I’ll never forget Euro 96.”
A fourth said: “Sad to hear Terry Venables has passed away. I remember him saying he would have loved a crack at managing Newcastle. He always had good things to say about us.”
And a fifth stated: “So sorry to hear of the death of Terry Venables, a great England manager and so unlucky not to win Euro 96. RIP Terry.”
Former clubs Chelsea and Tottenham have also paid tribute to Venables.
Spurs said: “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 difficult time.
“In tribute, we shall hold a minute’s applause before kick-off, and our players will wear black armbands during this afternoon’s fixture against Aston Villa.