November 26, 2023

Terry Venables: January 1943 - November 2023

The LMA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of LMA member and former LMA President Terry Venables.

Terry became LMA President in January 1994, when he was appointed England Manager, succeeding Graham Taylor.

He was later inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame in 2011, in recognition of his special career which spanned over 25 years' and included successful spells across the elite levels of English and Spanish football, and at the international level with England and Australia.

Paying tribute to Terry, LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "I was fortunate to spend time with Terry as a trusted colleague and friend, as part of Dave Sexton's coaching staff with the England U21 team. He was always open to new ideas and was a forward-thinking coaches' coach. I enjoyed many long conversations with Terry and Dave about football and we all shared many similar views on the modern game, which often came from a position of creativity and courage.

"By reputation, he had earned the respect of the teams he worked with and understood the players as much as any person in his position. He was always looking outside of the box in terms of how a team could play the game and was excellent at communicating his ideas to the players on the training pitch. Terry rarely conformed to the status quo.

"His sense of humour and sharp wit meant that I always enjoyed spending time with him. It was football's loss when he was no longer to able to contribute his vast experience and knowledge to the game. My thoughts are with Terry's family and friends."

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: "Terry was an incredible man and highly skilled football manager. His talent leant itself to a long and successful career as a player and manager, with his personality and charm endearing himself to former colleagues, peers and millions of fans in England and overseas.

"Terry was a truly valued member of the association, whose support during his time as President, and for the decades after, was unwavering and greatly appreciated by his fellow LMA members.

"Our thoughts are very much with Yvette and all of Terry’s family at this time."

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