Sexton also had two spells in charge of the England
Under-21s, which included a marathon 13-year stint between 1977 and 1990. He
returned after a four-year absence before finally severing his ties with the
national team in 1996.
Although employed only part-time, Sexton still guided the under-21s to
back-to-back European titles in 1982 and 1984.
Sexton began his managerial career at Leyton Orient in 1965, before taking
charge of Chelsea, where he won the 1970 FA Cup and the 1971 European
Cup-Winners’ Cup during a successful seven-year stint. He also had spells as
manager of Queens
Park Rangers, Manchester
United and Coventry City.
“It is a sad day for English football,”said Brooking. “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.”