Don Howe, the former English national team coach and Arsenal manager has died at the age of 80.

During his playing days, Howe featured as a full-back for West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal. After which he established himself as a coach for both his club and country.

Howe managed Arsenal to a league and FA Cup double in 1971, spent four years managing West Brom before returning as the coach and manager for the Gunners.

Howe coached former England managers Terry Venables, Ron Greenwood and Sir Bobby Robson, among others.

“It is terribly sad news and our thoughts are with Don’s family,” FA chairman, Greg Dyke said to The Guardian. He also went on to add that it was a sad day for English football and Howe’s absence will be met in full by Roy Hodgson, who was a very good friend.

Howe featured in every match for England in the 1958 World Cup and was also an integral part of Robson’s English team which reached the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. He also supported Venable’s England team to reach the semis of Euro 96.

Howe managed a lot of teams which included Turkish Giants Galatasaray, Coventry City and QPR. He was also a coach under Bobby Gould when Wimbledon earned a shocking victory over English giants Liverpool in 1988 FA Cup final.

Howe’s passion and love for Arsenal was something to be cherished. His relationship with the Gunners spanned for over five decades.

Howe was credited for developing the likes of former Arsenal players Niall Quinn, Martin Keown, Michael Thomas and David Rocastle, among others.

"He was a lovely man. Quiet in company but he could lose his temper as well. Certainly one of the best coaches I have worked for." George Graham, former Arsenal manager said, as reported by BBC.

Howe was loved by many in the English game and a lot of them came ahead to show their appreciation. Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson was one of them, whose career started under Don and he stated of his gratefulness for the famous English coach and also called him a trailblazer in the coaching world.

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