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Maurice Setters, Jack Charlton's right hand man, dies aged 83

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

15:50 23 Nov 2020

Former Republic of Ireland assistant manager Maurice Setters has died at the age of 83. 

His passing occurs just over four months after that of Jack Charlton, the man he assisted for a decade with the Ireland team.

Setters' playing career began with Exeter City in 1954, before moving on to West Bromwich Albion.

He went on to make 132 appearances for the Baggies, before earning a move to Manchester United in 1959.

Setters was part of the United side - along with John Giles, Tony Dunne and Noel Cantwell - that won the 1963 FA Cup, beating Leicester City 3-1 in the final. Setters played at left-half that afternoon at Wembley.

He'd go on to play 192 times for United, before moves to Stoke City, Cleveland Stokers and Coventry City.

He set out on his own managerial path in the early 1970's with Doncaster Rovers, before he was hired as Charlton's assistant at Sheffield Wednesday in 1977.

The pair's fortunes would be intertwined for the next 19-years.

When Big Jack took on the Ireland job in late 1985, Setters was alongside him and helped mastermind the pathway to Euro 88 - Ireland's first major finals.

Setters was also placed in charge of the Ireland U21 side, but never made a finals despite the talent often at his disposal.

He was again by Jack's side at Italia '90 and USA '94, bowing out alongside Charlton after the Euro 96 playoff at Anfield in late 1995.

FAI President Gerry McAnaney paid tribute to Setters, saying, "It is with a heavy heart that we learned today of Maurice’s death, another man so integral to the glory days of Irish football.

Maurice was with Jack Charlton every inch of the way as they led Ireland to the 1988 European Championships and the World Cups in Italy in 1990 and the USA four years later.

“There were many greats nights along the way with Jack and Maurice and I know how much pleasure they took as honorary Irishmen in that 1988 victory over their own England in Stuttgart.

"This has been a tough year for Irish football. We saw how the nation mourned Jack Charlton earlier this year and I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Irish football community when I pass on our deepest sympathies to Maurice’s family.

"Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.”

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