07 December 2019 22:33
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.
"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.