Former assistant manager of Ireland Maurice Setters dies aged 83

Former Republic of Ireland assistant manager Maurice Setters has died, aged 83.

The English man grew up in Devon and made his playing debut for Exeter City, going on to play for Manchester United from 1960-65.

He captained the Red Devils for some of his 194 appearances and won an FA Cup in 1963 alongside Johnny Giles, Noel Cantwell and Tony Dunne.

Setters also had significant spells with West Brom, Stoke City, and Coventry City before moving into management on his retirement from playing, steering Doncaster Rovers from 1971-74.

That role ended in a claim for unfair dismissal and he then spent six years as Jack Charlton’s assistant manager at Sheffield Wednesday (77-83).

Setters and Charlton during a Republic of Ireland training session.

When Charlton took the Ireland job in 1986, he installed Setters as his right-hand man and Under-21 boss.

Setters stayed in that role for Ireland’s breakthrough years at Euro 88 and World Cup 90/94, leaving along with Charlton in 1995 after the failure to qualify for Euro 96.

Setters passes away just four months after Charlton, who was 85 when he died.

A statement from Manchester United said: “Manchester United is deeply saddened to hear that Maurice Setters has passed away at the age of 83.

“We send our condolences to Maurice’s family and friends at this difficult time – rest in peace.”

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