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07 December 2019 22:33

Ron Saunders

Ron Saunders dead: Aston Villa pay respects as title-winning manager dies, aged 87

FORMER Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders has passed away aged 87. Villa released a statement that read: "It is the sad duty of Aston Villa Football Club to announce that our former manager, Ron Saunders, has passed away at the age of 87. "Widely regarded as one of the club's greatest ever managers, he guided Villa to promotion in his first season in charge, lifted two League Cups and steered the club to a league championship in 1980/81. He then enjoyed a stint at Manchester City before becoming the first and only manager to have taken charge of Midland rivals Villa, Birmingham and West Brom. Saunders took the reins at Villa in 1974 and won promotion to the old First Division in his very first season in charge with a second-placed finish.

The talented boss also won the League Cup in the same season, becoming the first man to guide three different clubs to the final of the competition in three consecutive years. Saunders won the League Cup again in 1977 before guiding Villa to the First Division title. Aston Villa legend Ron Saunders has died at the age of 87, the club have announced. Regarded as one of the greatest managers to be in charge at Villa Park, Saunders won promotion from the second division and League Cup double in his first campaign in charge. In Villa's Premier League fixture with Leicester City tomorrow (Sunday), players will wear black armbands and there will also be a period of applause as a mark of respect and to mark his contribution to the club.

Former Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders has died, aged 87. One of Villa's greatest ever managers, Saunders took the club to promotion from the Second Division in 1975, winning the League Cup along the way in what proved a successful first season at Villa Park, and won the competition for a second time two years later during an eight-year spell in charge of the club. Sporting deaths in 2019 1/26 Emiliano Sala, 28 Emiliano Sala, the former Nantes footballer who joined Cardiff City, died in plane crash in the English Channel (31 October 1990 - 21 January 2019) Getty 2/26 Gene Okerlund, 76 Gene Okerlund, WWE announcer (19 December 1942 - 2 January 2019) Getty 3/26 Frank Robinson, 83 Frank Robsinon, Hall of Fame baseball player and manager (31 August 1935 - 7 February 2019) Getty 4/26 Gordan Banks, 81 Gordon Banks, the 1966 World Cup-winning England goalkeeper, passed away peacefully (30 December 1937 - 11 February 2019) Getty 5/26 Eric Harrison, 81 Eric Harrison, the former Manchester United youth coach who discovered the Class of 92 side, died aged 81 (5 February 1938 - 13 February 2019) @ManUtd / Twitter 6/26 Kelly Catlin, 23 A world champion cyclist, Catlin also won silver at the Rio Olympics (3 November 1995 - 10 March 2019) AFP/Getty 7/26 Charlie Whiting, 66 F1 race director Charlie Whiting died after suffering a pulmonary embolism in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Grand Prix (12 August 1952 - 14 March 2019) PA 8/26 Tommy Smith, 74 Former Liverpool and England footballer Tommy Smith died after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2014 (5 April 1945 - 12 April 2019) Getty 9/26 Billy McNeill, 79 Former Celtic captain and Scotland defender Billy McNeill died after being diagnosed with dementia (2 March 1940 - 22 April 2019) Getty Images 10/26 Horacio Sala, 58 Horacio Sala, father of the late Cardiff City striker Emiliano, died following a heart attack. USA TODAY Sports 26/26 Ron Saunders, 87 Ron Saunders, the former Aston Villa manager, died aged 87 (6 November, 1932 - 7 December, 2019) PA 1/26 Emiliano Sala, 28 Emiliano Sala, the former Nantes footballer who joined Cardiff City, died in plane crash in the English Channel (31 October 1990 - 21 January 2019) Getty 2/26 Gene Okerlund, 76 Gene Okerlund, WWE announcer (19 December 1942 - 2 January 2019) Getty 3/26 Frank Robinson, 83 Frank Robsinon, Hall of Fame baseball player and manager (31 August 1935 - 7 February 2019) Getty 4/26 Gordan Banks, 81 Gordon Banks, the 1966 World Cup-winning England goalkeeper, passed away peacefully (30 December 1937 - 11 February 2019) Getty 5/26 Eric Harrison, 81 Eric Harrison, the former Manchester United youth coach who discovered the Class of 92 side, died aged 81 (5 February 1938 - 13 February 2019) @ManUtd / Twitter 6/26 Kelly Catlin, 23 A world champion cyclist, Catlin also won silver at the Rio Olympics (3 November 1995 - 10 March 2019) AFP/Getty 7/26 Charlie Whiting, 66 F1 race director Charlie Whiting died after suffering a pulmonary embolism in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Grand Prix (12 August 1952 - 14 March 2019) PA 8/26 Tommy Smith, 74 Former Liverpool and England footballer Tommy Smith died after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2014 (5 April 1945 - 12 April 2019) Getty 9/26 Billy McNeill, 79 Former Celtic captain and Scotland defender Billy McNeill died after being diagnosed with dementia (2 March 1940 - 22 April 2019) Getty Images 10/26 Horacio Sala, 58 Horacio Sala, father of the late Cardiff City striker Emiliano, died following a heart attack. USA TODAY Sports 26/26 Ron Saunders, 87 Ron Saunders, the former Aston Villa manager, died aged 87 (6 November, 1932 - 7 December, 2019) PA The statement read: "It is the sad duty of Aston Villa Football Club to announce that our former manager, Ron Saunders, has passed away at the age of 87.

"Widely regarded as one of the club's greatest ever managers, he guided Villa to promotion in his first season in charge, lifted two League Cups and steered the club to a league championship in 1980/81. "Against Leicester City tomorrow afternoon, the players will wear black armbands and, as a mark of respect, we will be holding a period of applause to mark his outstanding contribution to Aston Villa." Former Norwich City manager Ron Saunders has died Former Norwich City manager Ron Saunders has died at the age of 87. Saunders joined City in 1969, at the age of 36, having began at Yeovil Town as player-manager, followed by a dozen games in charge at Oxford United. He went on to manage Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham and West Brom. Saunders is widely regarded as one of Villa's finest managers, in particular steering the club to the old Division One title in 1980-81.

The Villa statement read: "It is the sad duty of Aston Villa Football Club to announce that our former manager, Ron Saunders, has passed away at the age of 87. "Widely regarded as one of the club's greatest ever managers, he guided Villa to promotion in his first season in charge, lifted two League Cups and steered the club to a league championship in 1980/81. "Against Leicester City tomorrow afternoon, the players will wear black armbands and, as a mark of respect, we will be holding a period of applause to mark his outstanding contribution to Aston Villa."