Irish football’s most famous right-hand man, Maurice Setters, has died at the age of 83.
the FAI has led the tributes to the former assistant manager of the Irish senior men’s team, Maurice Setters, who struggled with Alzheimer’s Disease for the past six years.
His death comes just four months after the death of his more prominent controlling partner, Jack Charlton, who bravely fought the battles of the mind in his final days.
Ironically, Setters’ death was announced on the day that a film documentary, Finding Jack Charlton, was officially released to the public.
Setters spent the last two years in a residential home but fell ill a week ago and died at Doncaster Royal Infirmary on Sunday.
“The Football Association of Ireland is sad to hear of the death of Assistant Manager Maurice Setters to Jack Charlton and former Ireland Under-21 Manager,” the FAI said in a statement.
“Maurice played a key role in the success of the Irish team in the 1980s and 1990s.”
Setters was more widely known in England as a player; he appeared 194 times for Manchester United in the 1960s, winning the FA Cup in 1963 and captaining the team on numerous occasions.
Setters’ playing career with Exeter City began in 1954, before moving to West Bromwich Albion.
He went on to make 132 appearances for the Baggies, before winning a move to Manchester United in 1959.
Setters played with John Giles, Tony Dunne and Noel Cantwell in that 1963 FA Cup victory, beating Leicester City 3-1 in the final. Setters played in the left half that afternoon at Wembley.
He later played for Stoke City, Cleveland Stokers and Coventry City before taking up management, first at Doncaster and then striking up his partnership with Charlton in Sheffield Wednesday in 1977.
As an Irish helper, he was generally a low key influence but was central to a famous row during the USA of ’94.
Charlton frogmarched Setters and Roy Keane into a press conference to deny reports of a coaching rank between the pair.
Keane later claimed that he was “a convenient patsy” in his autobiography, and played the role “as a fool, the anger rising only in me when I walked into the glare of the television lights.”