Jozef Venglos dies at the age of 84

Wed 27 January 2021 | 10:35

Former Celtic and Aston Villa boss, who made history as the first manager from outside the UK and Ireland to take charge of a club in the English First Division, has died today aged 84.

After one disappointing season in charge of



, the Slovakian went on to manage


during the 1998-99 campaign, while his career also included spells in charge of the Czechoslovakia and Slovakia national teams.

A statement on the


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.”

Stan Collymore

, who played for


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 his sole season at Celtic ended without silverware, Venglos is fondly remembered by Celtic fans for a 5-1 victory over their Old Firm rivals.

His most successful spell came with the


national team, where he won the 1976 European Championships as the assistant to

Vaclav Jezek

, and led the country to a third-place finish at the 1980 European Championships, and the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup.

source: SportMob