Aston Villa announce Ron Saunders has died at the age of 87

first_img latest on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error update LATEST Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta PEP TALK targets statement Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman It is the sad duty of Aston Villa Football Club to announce that our former manager, Ron Saunders, has passed away at the age of 87.— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) December 7, 2019A statement on the club’s website on Saturday evening revealed players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect during Villa’s Premier League clash with Leicester on Sunday.“It is the sad duty of Aston Villa Football Club to announce that our former manager, Ron Saunders, has passed away at the age of 87.“He died earlier today, Saturday 7 December, at 3pm and his family have asked for their privacy to be respected at such a difficult time.“Widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest ever managers, he guided Villa to promotion in his first season in charge, lifted two League Cups and steered the club to a league championship in 1980/81.“Against Leicester City tomorrow afternoon, the players will wear black armbands and, as a mark of respect, we will be holding a period of applause to mark his outstanding contribution to Aston Villa.”Having arrived at the club in 1974 to replace Vic Crowe, Saunders began laying the foundations for success. He guided Villa to promotion from the Second Division, as well as a League Cup triumph in his first season.They won the League Cup again in 1977, but his crowning achievement was guiding the club to its first league title in 71 years when Villa were crowned First Division champions in 1981.It was a glorious period for the club, made more remarkable by the fact the league triumph was achieved using just 14 players in a 42-game season.However, disagreements with the board saw him resign in February 1982 when Villa were on course to win the European Cup.He took over at rivals Birmingham to leave Tony Barton to lead the club to victory in the European Cup final where Bayern Munich were beaten 1-0. 1 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff stalemate Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ appointed Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The move was very controversial, but Saunders will always be remembered as a legend at Villa Park Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Getty Aston Villa have announced that manager Ron Saunders has died at the age of 87.Saunders is widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest managers and is best remembered for steering the club to the old Division One title in 1980/81. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more