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Don Howe: Former Arsenal and England coach dies aged 80

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    Don Howe: Former Arsenal and England coach dies aged 80
    Former England international and coach Don Howe has died at the age of 80.
    The full-back played for West Brom and Arsenal, earning 23 England caps, before establishing himself as a renowned coach for club and country.
    Howe helped Arsenal to a league and FA Cup double in 1971 and spent four years as West Brom boss before returning to the Gunners as coach and manager.
    He also coached under former England managers Ron Greenwood, Sir Bobby Robson and Terry Venables.
    Arsenal 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."
    FA chairman Greg Dyke said Howe's death was a "great loss for English football".
    He added: "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 [current England boss] Roy Hodgson, who was close to Don.
    "For his country, he not only appeared in [the 1958] 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."
    Howe's managerial career also included spells at QPR, Coventry City and Turkish club Galatasaray but he was best known for his relationship with Arsenal, which spanned five decades.
    Appointed as Gunners manager in 1984, he was credited with developing the likes of former players such as the late David Rocastle, Martin Keown, Michael Thomas and Niall Quinn.
    Keswick added; "He was the very best at what he did - and he did it with us, at Arsenal, for decade after decade."