Don Howe, the former England, West Brom and Arsenal player who went on to enjoy an esteemed coaching career, has died aged 80.
Former England international and coach Don Howe has died aged 80, the Football Association has announced.
Howe represented West Brom and Arsenal as a full-back during his playing days and also worked at each at each clubs in the course of an esteemed coaching career.
He was capped 23 occasions by England, playing in all of his country’s matches in the 1958 Globe Cup and, in 2004, he was named as one particular of West Brom’s 16 greatest players within a poll organised to mark the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.
Howe served as a part of the backroom teams of former England manager Ron Greenwood, Bobby Robson and Terry Venables.
FA Chairman Greg Dyke stated: “It is terribly sad news and our thoughts are with Don’s loved ones at this time.
“He is widely regarded as becoming within the vanguard of coaching in England, and I realize that his loss are going to be keenly felt amongst the coaching fraternity in unique and not least by [England manager] Roy Hodgson, who was close to Don.
“He was a fine player – named as 1 of West Bromwich Albion’s finest – and, not surprisingly, he went on to play an integral part in Arsenal’s history as a coach and later as manager.
“For his nation, he not merely appeared in a Globe Cup, but he was instrumental in each Sir Bobby Robson’s management team for Italia ’90 and Euro ‘96 exactly where he assisted Terry Venables.”
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick stated: “We have been conscious Don had been enduring a lengthy battle with illness, however it was still a shock to find out the news about an individual who was loved by countless people today in the club, and who had such a outstanding influence as a player, coach and manager here.
“Don possessed a marvellous potential to have the incredibly ideal out of players with his coaching techniques and offer them using the ideal preparation for matches. He was the quite ideal at what he did – and he did it with us, at Arsenal, for decade after decade.
“He are going to be tremendously missed by absolutely everyone who knew him and his name will live on within the history books as 1 with the most influential footballing figures inside the history on the club.”