Former England and West Ham manager Ron Greenwood has died at the age of 84 after a long illness.

Greenwood, who managed the England team between 1977 and 1982, was also manager of West Ham manager from 1961 to 1974.

During that time, the club won the FA Cup for the first time in 1964 and won the European Cup Winners’ Cup the following season.

He took over as England manager after Don Revie’s move to the Middle East and led the team to the 1980 European Championships and The 1982 World Cup in Spain, where they remained unbeaten but were eliminated at the second group stage.

As a player, he joined Bradford Park Avenue as a centre half in 1945, before enjoying spells with Brentford, Chelsea and Fulham before retiring in 1956.

World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst, who played for Greenwood at West Ham, said: “I considered it a privilege to play for him. He opened the door to the world of modern football.”

“It would not be overstating the case to say that Ron was the single most influential figure in my career.

“He opened the door to the world of modern football and I consider it a privilege to play for him.”

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