Coventry City’s FA Cup-winning manager dies aged 85

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Former Coventry City manager John Sillett, who guided the club to FA Cup victory in 1987, has died aged 85.

Sillett managed the Sky Blues between 1986-90 and was at the helm when the club beat Tottenham 3-2 in the final at Wembley for their first major trophy.

In a statement, the club said: “Coventry City Football Club are devastated to learn of the death of Sky Blues icon John Sillett.

“‘Snoz’ will forever be loved and remembered by Sky Blues fans and all who met him, who will remember a larger-than-life character who loved football and Coventry City.”

In 2011, Sillett was made a Life President of Coventry City.

Coventry City added: “John, alongside wife Jean, remained a regular in the boardroom at games up until his death. He attended his final game earlier this season, watching the Sky Blues beat Nottingham Forest on the opening day of the season.

“A hugely respected and loved figure in the game, John Sillett’s name is indelibly etched into Coventry City’s history, and the thoughts and condolences of everyone at Coventry City Football Club and of the whole Sky Blue community are with John’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

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