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Jack Mansell 1927-2016

22 March 2016

Rotherham United are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former manager Jack Mansell, aged 88.

Jack managed the Millers between 1965 and 1967, and was widely acknowledged to have presided over some of the most eye catching football in the club’s long history.

After a stint as trainer at Sheffield Wednesday, Jack arrived at Millmoor after a spell coaching in Holland with Telstar, and he brought with him an innovative brand of attacking football which brought many plaudits.

The Millers style received national acclaim from the football press after Jack’s Rotherham held Matt Busby’s Manchester United to a goalless draw in an FA Cup tie at Old Trafford, before the Millers controversially lost the replay in extra-time.

The two years of Jack’s managerial reign yielded a host of high scoring games and fans at Millmoor were treated to a playing style well ahead of the time, and arguably the finest that has ever been played at Rotherham United.

As well as taking to the dugout on English shores, most notably with Reading, he enjoyed spells managing in USA, Holland, Turkey and the Middle East before retiring in 1983 after a stint with Maccabi Haifa. 

As a player he represented the likes of Brighton and Hove Albion, Cardiff City and Portsmouth.

Everyone at Rotherham United would like to pass on their condolences to Jack’s family at friends at this time.

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