Sexton was not a colourful figure like Tommy Docherty, whom he succeeded at Chelsea and was to succeed at Manchester United a few years later. Nor was he a paterfamilias like Jose Mourinho or Sir Alex Ferguson. At Chelsea, at least, he seemed subservient to the personalities of the team's leading players.
But he must have been a great coach. On the BBC Sport site, Sir Trevor Brooking pays his tribute:
"Anyone who was ever coached by Dave would be able to tell you what a good man he was, but not only that, what a great coach in particular he was.
"In the last 30-40 years Dave's name was up there with any of the top coaches we have produced in England - the likes of Terry Venables, Don Howe and Ron Greenwood. His coaching was revered."Perhaps Sexton's greatest achievement was not at Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford. In 1975/6 his QPR team came close to winning the title. finishing only a point behind Liverpool.
This goal sums up all that was good about Sexton's QPR.