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 before joining West Brom and then Manchester United in 1960.

He soon established himself as club captain at Old Trafford, was best man at Bobby Charlton's wedding in 1961 and won an FA Cup winner’s medal alongside Johnny Giles, Noel Cantwell and Tony Dunne when United beat Leicester at Wembley in 1963.

He made 194 appearances in all for the Red Devils and left shortly after the start of the 1964/65 season in which United won their first league title in eight years.

Setters also had significant spells with 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).

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 (reluctantly) 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.

FAI President Gerry McAnaney said: "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."

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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