FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his sadness at the passing of Dave Sexton in a letter to the FA, after the former Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United manager died on Sunday.

In writing to FA Chairman David Bernstein, the President noted the positive impact Sexton had on the game in England and articulated his condolences to those closest to him.

“Dave will be fondly remembered by all the clubs he worked at. He had the supreme gift of being able to combine excellence as a coach with managerial success, as proven by the trophies he won with Chelsea and later with England at youth level,” Blatter said.

“At this time of great optimism about the future of coaching in the English game following the opening of St. George’s Park, it is poignant to reflect on those, like Dave, who went before us, enriching the game with their knowledge and innovation.”