Kenilworth
Funeral held for former Coventry City and Manchester United manager

By Chris Smith Wednesday 12 December 2012 Updated: 14/12 08:00

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Dave Sexton in his Sky Blues days. (s)

ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson was among mourners in Kenilworth at the funeral of former Manchester United and Coventry City manager Dave Sexton.

The Kenilworth resident, who also managed the Sky Blues between 1981 and 1983, died recently aged 82. The mass was held on Monday (December 10) at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Among other famous faces from the footballing world who paid their respects at the funeral were former England boss Terry Venebles, Sir Trevor Brooking, Tony Adams and Ray Clemence.

Current Coventry manager Mark Robins paid tribute to his former coach who guided him through his early years as a young footballer.

"I was part of the first group of 25 players to go into Lilleshall and worked under Dave Sexton so it's very sad to hear he has passed away.

"Hearing the news definitely evoked memories from my time working with him because it was an extremely enjoyable and informative time in my early career.

"The Lilleshall building was a residence of the Duke of Sutherland and I remember he would talk to us about the gardens and the building's architecture as we'd walk to the pitches for training in the morning.

"He was a top, top coach who worked to a high level, was extremely highly respected and it really was great to have worked with him."

Sexton enjoyed a successful playing career as a striker with Luton Town, West Ham United, Leyton Orient, Brighton and Crystal Palace before embarking on a career in coaching.

He arrived at Highfield Road from Manchester United in 1981 as a well respected coach after previously guiding Chelsea to FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup success.

He will be forever remembered by Sky Blues fans as developing the club's youth talent but was asked to leave at the end of the 1982/83 season.

Mr Robins added: "He was a very knowledgeable man. He never swore in front of young players to get his point across, he just did things in a kind of theatrical way that made people listen and remember.

"He was an absolutely outstanding coach and I'm definitely saddened to hear he is no longer with us."

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