West Ham United legend Sir Trevor Brooking says the club have been "devastated" by the death of former manager John Lyall.

Brooking led the tributes to West Ham's most success-ful manager, who died on Tuesday night, aged 66, after suffering a heart attack at his Suffolk home.

The news comes two months after the death of his mentor, legendary West Ham boss Ron Greenwood, who joined Lyall in leading the club into the modern era by creating the famous Upton Park 'Academy'.

Lyall led West Ham to victory in the FA Cup final in 1975, after only nine months in the post, then repeated the feat in 1980 with the Hammers in the old Second Division, an achievement yet to be repeated.

Brooking, the FA's director of football development and whose header secured that victory over Arsenal 26 years ago, said: "It's terrible news. He was a great coach but I knew John very much as an individual, and as a friend. He was a good person who had integrity and the respect of everyone he dealt with."

Lyall spent 33 years at Upton Park, turning to coaching after injury ended his playing career.

As well as the two FA Cup wins, Lyall also led West Ham to a European Cup Winners' Cup final, a League Cup final and to their highest league placing, third in the 1985-86 season. He was dismissed following relegation in 1989 and managed Ipswich, leading them to the Second Division title in 1992, before retreating from public life when dismissed in 1994.

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The club will be deducted ten points under Football League rules, but the punish-ment should not be enforced until next season. John Lyall "had integrity and the respect of everyone"