Frank O’Farrell, who died aged 94, succeeded Matt Busby as Manchester United manager in 1971 and also enjoyed a long playing career in England and Ireland.
Former Manchester United manager Frank O’Farrell has died aged 94.
The Irishman succeeded legendary manager Matt Busby at Old Trafford, leading United in 1971, and also has spells in charge Leicester City – reach FA Cup finalist in 1969 – and the Iranian national team.
O’Farrell won nine caps for the Republic of Ireland in a 14-year career, also playing for West Ham Flower.
“Everyone at West Ham United is saddened to hear of the passing of Frank O’Farrell at the age of 94.” statement from the London club read.
A man of principle, soft spoken, loved and respected by everyone who knew him well, O’Farrell was the oldest living former West Ham player before his death on Sunday morning in London. age 94 years.
Everyone at West Ham United would like to extend their sincerest condolences to Frank’s family and friends at this sad time.
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“While Frank’s 18-month reign at the helm of United has been a rough affair, there is no doubt that he is a gifted manager and a man of unquestionable integrity. where can I go?” a statement from Man Utd read.
The Cork-born Ireland international ended his playing career with Weymouth, then managed the south coast side – along with spells at Torquay United and Leicester City – before he had a single year and a half in Manchester.
“After leaving, Frank continued to manage Cardiff City and Iran national team before playing two more times with Torquay before retiring,” the United statement continued.
“He lamented the fact that he was not given more time to work on a long-term project at Old Trafford and, while we will never know how that might turn out, We know we will always be grateful for his willingness to take the lead at such a difficult time in the club’s history.”
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Torquay United, who was managed by O’Farrell both before and after his time at Old Trafford, has gave their dedication.
“Achieving so much at Torquay United AFC, and laying the foundations for much later success, Frank O’Farrell’s status as a club legend is unquestionable, and despite his departure leaving a void that has never been filled, we are still privileged that a large and successful part of his career has been spent with our Club,” a statement from Devon reads. .
“Thanks for the memories, Frank.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/frank-ofarrell-dead-man-utd-26406147 Frank O'Farrell dies: Former Manchester United manager dies aged 94