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Ex-Chelsea, QPR, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Orient man Sexton dies

PUBLISHED: 15:29 25 November 2012 | UPDATED: 18:04 25 November 2012

Dave Sexton. Photo credit: PA wire

Dave Sexton. Photo credit: PA wire

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Former Chelsea manager Dave Sexton has died aged 82.

Chelsea pay their respects to former manager Dave Sexton who has passed away. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA WireChelsea pay their respects to former manager Dave Sexton who has passed away. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Sexton led the Blues to FA Cup glory in 1970 and secured their first European success in the Cup Winners’ Cup the following year.

His managerial career began at Leyton Orient and from there he moved on to Chelsea, before enjoying spells in charge of QPR, Manchester United, the England Under-21 team and Coventry.

As a player he made his debut for Luton Town before moving to West Ham United. From there he joined Leyton Orient, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.

The Football Association’s director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking said: “It is a sad day for English football.

“Anyone who was ever coached by Dave would be able to tell you what a good man he was, but not only that, what a great coach in particular he was.

“In the last 30-40 years Dave’s name was up there with any of the top coaches we have produced in England - the likes of Terry Venables, Don Howe and Ron Greenwood.

“His coaching was revered.”

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