Ex-Manchester United manager Frank O'Farrell dies at the age of 94

Ex-Manchester United manager Frank O’Farrell – who replaced the legendary Sir Matt Busby as Old Trafford manager in 1971 – dies at the age of 94

Frank O’Farrell, the man who replaced Sir Matt Busby as Manchester United manager, has died at the age of 94.

West Ham, who O’Farrell played for from 1948-56, said in a statement: ‘Everyone at West Ham United would like to express their sincere condolences to Frank’s family and friends at this sad time.’

O’Farrell joined West Ham from boyhood club Cork United in Ireland and also played for Preston North End and Weymouth before retiring in 1961 to manage the club.

Frank O’Farrell, the man who replaced Sir Matt Busby as Manchester United manager, has died at the age of 94

In 1965, he took on what would be the first of four stints as Torquay manager before going to Leicester in 1968. He led them to the 1969 FA Cup final, where they were beaten by Manchester City.

O’Farrell was selected by Busby to replace him at United in 1971 and he was in charge at Old Trafford for 18 months. He was sacked after a 5-0 defeat by Crystal Palace that left United third from bottom in Division One. 

To this day, he is the only Irishman to have managed United.

He also had a spell managing Cardiff as well as a two-year stint at the helm of the Iran national team.

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