Terry Venables, the accomplished figure who led England to the Euro 96 semi-finals and guided Barcelona to the 1986 European Cup final, passed away at 80, as confirmed by his family in a statement on Sunday.
“We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness,” the family said.
“We would ask that privacy be given at this incredibly sad time to allow us to mourn the loss of this lovely man who we were so lucky to have had in our lives.”
Venables, affectionately known as ‘El Tel,’ captured the hearts of English football fans with a remarkable journey to the semi-finals of Euro 96, hosted by England.
The highlight was a spectacular 4-1 victory over The Netherlands. Unfortunately, the campaign concluded in the semi-finals, with England losing on penalties to the eventual champions, Germany.
In addition to his national team exploits, Venables experienced success with Tottenham Hotspur. Managing a side featuring the brilliant yet unpredictable Paul Gascoigne, they secured the FA Cup in 1991.
Venables had previously won the trophy as a player with Tottenham Hotspur in 1967 during his time at the club.
However, Venables’ tenure at Spurs concluded on a sour note. After being appointed chief executive, he had a falling out with the then-owner, Alan Sugar.
In recognition of his contributions, Tottenham Hotspur announced that they would honour his memory with a minute’s applause before their Premier League fixture against Aston Villa on Sunday.
“The club is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former player and manager Terry Venables,” read their statement.
“Our deepest condolences are with Terry’s friends and family at this incredibly difficult time.
“In tribute, we shall hold a minute’s applause prior to kick-off, and our players will wear black armbands during this afternoon’s fixture against Aston Villa.
“Rest in peace, Terry.”