Venables’ death was announced Sunday in a statement from his family to British media, saying he passed away Saturday after a lengthy illness.
Among those offering condolences to Venables were the English Football Association and Tottenham, one of the clubs he coached. Former England captain Gary Lineker called him the best, most innovative coach I have had the honor and pleasure of playing under.
The charming and popular Venables, born just outside London, played for Chelsea, Tottenham, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace – all during a 16-year career, allYen. Later, in 1993, the BBC’s Panorama program made allegations of misconduct related to Venables’ business, to which he responded by threatening to sue for libel.
After that, Venables went into international management, and the proudest moment of his career was coaching the England national team in 1994-96, including at Euro 96, where the talented team, which included the mercurial Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shearer, lost to Germany on penalties.