London – November 27, 2023
In a somber announcement, the family of Terry Venables, the iconic former manager of England’s national soccer team and Tottenham Hotspur, revealed that he passed away at the age of 80 after battling a prolonged illness. The news comes as a profound loss for the football community and fans around the world.
Venables, a respected figure in English football, guided the England squad to the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championship, a memorable campaign that concluded with a heartbreaking loss to Germany on penalties. The family expressed their devastation in a statement, saying, “We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness.”
Known for his managerial prowess, Venables had a distinguished career that included successful stints with various clubs. His time at Tottenham Hotspur saw him clinch the FA Cup during the 1990-91 season. Additionally, he managed Crystal Palace, and Leeds United, and had a remarkable tenure at Barcelona, earning the moniker “El Tel.” Venables secured LaLiga victory and led the team to the European Cup final in 1986. Notably, he played a pivotal role in bringing British strikers Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes to Barcelona.
Gary Lineker, expressing his sentiments on social media, stated, “The best, most innovative coach that I had the privilege and pleasure of playing for. He was much more, though than just a great manager; he was vibrant, charming, witty, and a friend.”
Venables began his football journey as a player with Chelsea in 1960, later playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers, and Crystal Palace. His playing career spanned over 500 league appearances, featuring wins in the League Cup with Chelsea in 1965 and the FA Cup with Spurs in 1967. Venables made two international appearances for England.
Apart from his managerial success, Venables served as the chief executive of Spurs from 1991-93. Tottenham Hotspur released a statement expressing their profound sadness at the passing of their former player, manager, and chief executive.
Current England manager Gareth Southgate, who played under Venables during Euro 1996, paid tribute, saying, “Terry Venables made people feel special. Tactically excellent, he had a wonderful manner, capable of handling everyone from the youngest player to the biggest star.”
Venables’ impact extended beyond the pitch, as he played a key role in bringing the talented Paul Gascoigne to Tottenham from Newcastle in 1988. Gascoigne, reflecting on Venables’ influence, expressed, “Such a sad day, cheers boss.” The football world mourns the loss of a true legend, remembering Terry Venables for his remarkable contributions to the beautiful game.