SLOVAN, JOZEF CZECHS OUT
Football manager Dr Jozef Venglos has died, another victim of Half Man Half Biscuit, aged 84. He won the Czechoslovakian league twice with Slovan Bratislava before becoming the assistant coach for the Czechoslovaks famous Euro 1976 win. (The last time the Germans have lost an international penalty shootout, fact fans!) He then became the Czech manager on two occasions, leading them to two World Cups and one quarterfinal. Venglos was the first foreign manager in the English top flight, but his stay at Aston Villa was short and not sweet, despite introducing some pioneering elements to training (including dietary) which are now commonplace. Longer stays were had at Fenerbahce and Sporting CP, and in 1998 he took up ship at Celtic. Here he got the club playing some fabulous football, and signed the popular Lubo Moravcik, but his side finished agonisingly came within one match of the title. Despite this, he remained popular for results such as the time his Celtic side beat their rivals Rangers 5-1, and for converting Henrik Larsson into an outright striker. I think that one turned out OK… He was a unique pick for Waiting for Ugo.
18 February 1936 – 26 January 2021