Tributes have flooded in from across the North East this afternoon (November 26) following the news that retired footballer and former Middlesbrough head coach Terry Venables has passed away aged 80.

The Dagenham-born player rose to the global stage in the 60s and 70s before his managing career began in 1976, which led him to be joint head coach at Middlesbrough with Bryan Robson for the 2000-2001 season.

A statement issued on behalf of his family today said: "We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness.

"We would ask that privacy be given at this incredibly sad time to allow us to mourn the loss of this lovely man who we were so lucky to have had in our lives."

Following the news, tributes from players, fans and clubs have come in their thousands for the seasoned manager.

Middlesbrough Football Club stated that they are "deeply saddened" at the news.

Middlesbrough born Chris Kamara also took to X, posting two photos of himself and Venables with a short tribute.

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer took to X and posted a heartfelt tribute to the "boss".

Andy Preston, former Mayor of Middlesbrough also took to social media with a photograph of the pair, heralding him as a "giant of the game".

Football pundit Gary Lineker also offered his thoughts with poignant words about the "innovative coach".

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Historian Tosh Warwick also offered his praise to Venables, who he believes saved Middlesbrough from relegation in 2001.