Maurice Setters, assistant manager to Jack Charlton at Wednesday during the late seventies and early eighties, has passed away, aged 83.
The former Manchester United wing-half was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease six years ago. He spent the last two years in a residential home but became unwell recently and died yesterday at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Maurice made more than 400 appearances for six clubs in his playing days and Jack made him his assistant after taking over as boss at Hillsborough in 1977.
He became Jack’s trusted right-hand man as Wednesday began the climb back from the old third division to the brink of a return to the top flight, also reaching the FA Cup semi final against Brighton in 1983.
When Jack resigned in May 1983, Maurice stayed on as caretaker manager for a month.
He then linked up again with Jack in 1986, as his assistant with the Republic of Ireland, and the pair helped the national side to its most successful period during the eighties and nineties, reaching the final stages of both the Euros and World Cups.
Our thoughts are with Maurice’s family at this sad time.