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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Venables to Resign After European Championships

LONDON -- Terry Venables has announced he will quit as England coach after this summer's European championships.


Venables said Wednesday he was quitting his job after Euro'96 because of a number of legal battles he is due to face in court later in the year. According to most of Thursday's British press, it is the Football Association's chief executive Graham Kelly and his colleagues who are at fault.


FA spokesman David Davies said on Wednesday: "Terry Venables faces a number of time-consuming legal battles in the later part of 1996, which he believes could interfere with England's efforts to qualify for the final stages of the next World Cup. And he is absolutely determined to clear his name."


The Daily Express was typical of the press reaction when it said: "It is a tragic failure of nerve on the part of those committee men who, having picked Venables for his football qualities, could not see the value of closing ranks at least until the European Championship this summer."


Davies said that Venables had made his decision last month but was given the Christmas period to reconsider. Newcastle's Kevin Keegan is seen as the most likely replacement.


Venables has a record of six wins, seven draws and one loss, but has been dogged by allegations about his business affairs since succeeding Graham Taylor as coach in January 1994.


Venables has already made various court appearances, and it was clear he would be unable to concentrate solely on soccer. He is fighting a case for wrongful dismissal against Tottenham and is involved in three libel actions, one brought against him by Tottenham chairman Alan Sugar and two he has brought himself.