• Don Howe was regarded as one of the best coaches in the English game 
  • Howe represented England 23 times and played for West Brom and Arsenal
  • Howe, who has died aged 80, was part of England bosses’ backroom staff

Nicholas Godden for MailOnline

Former Arsenal defender and manager Don Howe has died, aged 80.

Howe made 379 appearances for West Bromwich Albion before the full back joined the Gunners in 1964, going on to play play 74 times for the north London club.

The right back played 23 times for England between 1957 and 1959 and went on to become one the most influential coaches in England. 

Former England defender and coach Don Howe, who also managed Arsenal, has died aged 80

Former England defender and coach Don Howe, who also managed Arsenal, has died aged 80

The former right back made 379 appearances for West Brom during a 12-year spell with the Midlands club

The former right back made 379 appearances for West Brom during a 12-year spell with the Midlands club

DON HOWE PLAYING CAREER

West Brom (1952-64) 379 apps 17 goals

Arsenal (1964-1966) 74 apps 1 goal

 England (1957-59) 23 apps 0 goals

Howe managed West Brom, Arsenal, Galatasaray and Queens Park Rangers and played key roles in the backroom teams of a number of England managers, including Ron Greenwood, Sir Bobby Robson and Terry Venables.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said: ‘It is terribly sad news and our thoughts are with Don’s family at this time.

‘He is widely regarded as being in the vanguard of coaching in England, and I know that his loss will be keenly felt amongst the coaching fraternity in particular and not least by Roy Hodgson, who was close to Don.

Howe (left) served as assistant to former England manager Terry Venables in the 1990s

Howe (left) served as assistant to former England manager Terry Venables in the 1990s

Howe (right) offers some words of advice for a youthful looking Nick Barmby during England training in 1995

Howe (right) offers some words of advice for a youthful looking Nick Barmby during England training in 1995

DON HOWE MANAGERIAL CAREER

West Brom (1971-1975)

Galatasaray (1975-1976

Arsenal (1983-1986)

Queens Park Rangers (1989-91)

Coventry, caretaker (1992) 

‘He was a fine player – named as one of West Bromwich Albion’s finest – and, of course, he went on to play an integral part in Arsenal’s history as a coach and later as manager.

‘For his country, he not only appeared in a World Cup, but he was instrumental in both Sir Bobby Robson’s management team for Italia ’90 and Euro ’96 where he assisted Terry Venables.

‘Even in his latter years I understand he continued to pass on his knowledge and advice to aspiring young coaches.

‘It is a great loss for English football, especially following on so soon after the sad passing of Jimmy Hill.’

Howe was part of the Three Lions set-up for their two most successful tournaments in recent history, working with both Robson and Venables as they reached the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup and the 1996 European Championship. 

Howe made 74 appearances for Arsenal during a two-year spell at the end of his playing career

Howe made 74 appearances for Arsenal during a two-year spell at the end of his playing career

Howe was coach, assistant manager and manager at Arsenal and was involved in the club in five decades

Howe was coach, assistant manager and manager at Arsenal and was involved in the club in five decades

Howe was involved with Arsenal for five decades, joining them as a player in 1964 and going on to be coach, assistant manager, caretaker manager and eventually manager in 1984. 

He returned as youth team coach at the Gunners in 1997 before retiring in 2003.

Gunners chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: ‘We were aware Don had been enduring a long battle with illness but it was still a shock to learn the news about someone who was loved by so many people at the club, and who had such a remarkable influence as a player, coach and manager here.

‘Don possessed a marvellous ability to get the very best out of players with his coaching techniques and provide them with the perfect preparation for matches. He was the very best at what he did – and he did it with us, at Arsenal, for decade after decade.

Howe, pictured alongside Sir Bobby Robson, went into coaching after ending his playing career at Arsenal

Howe, pictured alongside Sir Bobby Robson, went into coaching after ending his playing career at Arsenal

Former right back Howe (right) worked with Robson as an England coach during the 1980s

Former right back Howe (right) worked with Robson as an England coach during the 1980s

‘He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him and his name will live on in the history books as one of the most influential footballing figures in the history of the club.’

A West Brom statement added: ‘It is with great sadness that West Bromwich Albion today announce the death of legendary right-back and one-time manager Don Howe, aged 80.

‘Local lad Howe made 379 appearances for the club, scoring 19 times, during a 14-year spell at The Hawthorns.

‘In 2004, he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion’s 16 greatest players, in a poll organised as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.’ 

Former England striker Gary Lineker took to Twitter too pay tribute to Howe. ‘Sad to see that Don Howe has passed away. It was a privilege to have known and been trained by him. A great coach and a lovely man.’

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