DEATH:Terry Venables: Former England manager dies aged 80 after a long illness

“He was open-minded, forward-thinking, enjoyed life to the full and created a brilliant environment with England that allowed his players to flourish and have one of the most memorable tournaments in England history.”

Paul Gascoigne, who played under Venables for England and Tottenham, said: “Such a sad day, cheers boss.”

Tottenham held a minute’s applause before Sunday’s home Premier League match against Aston Villa and both sets of players wore black armbands.

Spurs said they were “extremely saddened to learn of the passing of our former player and manager”.

Current manager Ange Postecoglou told Sky Sports: “If you are asking about a person who embodies everything this football club has always wanted to be, it is Terry. It wasn’t just about the way he managed or coached; it was the person he was.

“He influenced Australia as well. He was the manager for the national team and almost got us to the World Cup, but the biggest testament is that anyone who I have ever come across that has worked with him will say he is by far the best coach, manager and tactician they have come across.”

Tottenham and Aston Villa players applaud during a tribute to Terry Venables at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham and Villa players pay tribute to Terry Venables during before their Premier League match on Sunday
Former England defender Gary Neville said Venables was “without doubt the most technically gifted British coach we’ve ever produced”.

“A man who gave me a chance to play for my country and became without a shadow of doubt my number one England coach in my whole career,” said Neville.

“England certainly needed more like him and it was a real sadness when he left at the end of Euro 96. I felt it never got as good again for England as it was under him.”

Barcelona said they “deeply regret the passing of Terry Venables, who managed Barca from 1984 to 1987”.