Former Ireland assistant boss Setters dies at 83

Former Ireland assistant boss Setters dies at 83

Maurice Setters, former assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland, has died at the age of 83.

The Englishman, who went on to play for Manchester United in 1960-65, grew up in Devon and made his debut for Extension City.

He captained the Red Devils for some 194 matches, winning the FA Cup in 1963 with Johnny Giles, Noel Cantwell and Tony Dunne.

After steering Doncaster Rovers in 1971-74 and retiring, Setters had significant ties with West Brom, Stoke City and Coventry City.

That role ended in a claim for unfair dismissal, after which he spent six years as assistant manager at Jack Charlton’s Sheffield on Wednesday (77-83).

When Charlton took over Ireland in 1986, he appointed Setters as his right-hand man and Under-21 boss.

Setters remained in that role during Ireland’s tumultuous years at Euro 88 and World Cup 90/94, leaving Chalton (reluctantly) in 1995 after failing to qualify for Euro 96.

Setters died four months after Charlton died.

A statement from Manchester United said: “Manchester United are saddened to learn that Maurice Setters has died at the age of 83.

“We extend our condolences to Maurice’s family and friends on this difficult occasion – rest in peace.”

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