Former Aston Villa and Celtic manager Jozef Venglos has died at the age of 84.

Venglos made history as the first manager from outside the UK and Republic of Ireland to take charge of a club in the English First Division when he was appointed Aston Villa boss in 1990.

He spent just one disappointing season in charge and went on to manage Celtic during the 1998-99 campaign, while his career also included spells in charge of the Czechoslovakia and Slovakia national teams.

A statement on the Celtic website read: "Everyone at Celtic is extremely saddened to hear of the passing of our former manager, Dr Jozef Venglos, who has died at the age of 84.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic are with Dr Jozef Venglos' family and the whole of football in Slovakia at this very sad time."

While Venglos' time with Villa was not successful, with the side finishing 17th in the First Division, having finished the previous season under Graham Taylor as runners-up to Liverpool, it had wider significance in paving the way for the influx of foreign managers.

Stan Collymore, who played for Villa from 1997 to 2000, wrote on Twitter: "Sad news that Dr Jo Venglos has passed away.

"First ever foreign manager to manage in the English top flight with Villa, didn't last long but always came across as a decent man. Rest in peace, Dr Jo."

Although he had little success in his time in England – where the language was cited as a problem – the same cannot be said of earlier in his career from his days with the Czech side, and he later made more history, becoming the first manager of Slovakia after independence.

As a midfielder, his playing career was cut short by hepatitis at the age of 30 following a 12-year spell with Slovan Bratislava – whom he captained – but he took the opportunity to move into management and immediately moved abroad to Australia, where he managed New South Wales before taking charge of the national team in 1967.

He kept moving around before finally getting the job as assistant to Jezek for his country. He served for five years as a number two as Czechoslovakia won Euro 76, beating West Germany in the final, but failed to qualify for the 1978 World Cup.

He then assumed the top job and was in charge for four years, although his reign ended in the disappointment of a group stage exit at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

He moved on to the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Malaysia before returning to the national team job for two years and then arriving at Villa Park in 1990, taking over from Graham Taylor, who had left to take the England job.

Taylor had led Villa to a second-placed finish behind Liverpool in his final season in charge, but under Venglos the following year they slumped to 17th and he was swiftly replaced by Ron Atkinson.

Venglos moved on to jobs with Fenerbahce, Slovakia and Oman before getting the top job at Celtic Park in 1998.

The highlight of his time in Glasgow was a 5-1 win over Rangers but he was ultimately unable to prevent Celtic's Old Firm rivals from reclaiming their Premiership title and lifting the trophy for the 48th time.

Venglos took over from Wim Jansen, who had left the club in the summer of 1998, despite breaking Rangers’ nine-year hold on the Scottish title.

His appointment was a surprise one north of the border, with headlines such as 'Celtic sign a blank Czech’ and ‘Dr Who?’ greeting his arrival.

And his reign started badly, with just five wins from his first 14 league games, but a thumping win over Rangers at Celtic Park helped spark an upturn in form.

Although they went on to finish the season without silverware and Venglos departed – he had previously hinted the job was damaging for his health – he left a legacy at the club in the shape of his successful transfer dealings, bringing the likes of Lubomir Moravcik, Johan Mjallby and Mark Viduka to the club.

After leaving Celtic at the age of 63, Venglos had one more venture into management with JEF United Chiba in Japan before moving out of the dugout.

He went on to take roles at the Slovakian Football Federation and on the FIFA and UEFA technical committees.