FORMER Chelsea youth coach and Crawley City boss Dermot Drummy has died aged 56.
The late academy guru0’s demise occurred all of a sudden on Monday morning and was confirmed by his son Joe on Twitter, though the trigger continues to be unknown.
He wrote: “OK so that is the hardest day. Sadly my Dad handed away this morning, I bloody liked that man and couldn’t have been extra pleased with his achievements in all elements of life.
“Greatest Dad I may have requested for. To me a f***ing legend and superior position mannequin.”
Drummy left League Two Crawley after a 12 months in cost in Could.
After a taking part in profession that started at Arsenal, the ex-midfielder went on to characterize Blackpool earlier than plying his commerce at numerous non-league golf equipment that included Hendon, Wealdstone, Enfield, Ware and St Albans.
Drummy took his first steps into the dug-out when he was appointed player-manager at Ware in 1996.
Nevertheless, he left the membership midway by his first season in cost to take up at position teaching in Arsenal’s academy.
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He stayed with the Gunners till 2009 when he switched to London rivals Chelsea to take up an identical place.
He took cost of the youth and reserve sides throughout his five-year stick with the Blues, working with numerous the most-promising younger expertise within the nation.
He guided the membership to FA Youth Cup pleasure in 2010 – Chelsea’s first triumph within the competitors for 49 years.
Following Steve Holland’s promotion to the first-team workers, Drummy was promoted to order group supervisor in 2011 as his alternative.
He went on to win the Underneath-21 Premier League throughout the 2013/14 marketing campaign earlier than he was given the position of worldwide head coach in June 2014.
A 12 months later he reportedly rejected the chance to handle Brazilian facet Bangu, however he did go away West London a 12 months later to take over the Crimson Devils.
Crawley paid tribute to their late boss following the unhappy information of his demise, tweeting: “Everybody on the membership is devastated by the information that our former supervisor Dermot Drummy handed away earlier immediately.
“Our ideas are along with his household and buddies. We can be issuing a full assertion tomorrow after talking to Dermot’s household.
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“Dermot was an actual individuals particular person. He had time for everybody on the membership and he liked to make us snigger!
“He introduced most of the present squad to Crawley and they’re as shocked as all of us are at this horrible information.
Various Chelsea stars from previous and current additionally mourned his loss.
The membership’s former defender Frank Sinclair wrote: “Actual unhappy information relating to Dermot Drummy passing away at such a younger age, prime man at all times had time for individuals.
#RiP @ChelseaFC developer of youth.”
Swansea boss Paul Clement, who labored alongside Drummy throughout his time with the Blues’ academy, wrote: “Shocked to listen to of the demise of my former colleague from Chelsea FC, Dermot Drummy. Very unhappy. Relaxation In Peace.”
And Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, who performed below Drummy within the Chelsea youth set-up, wrote: “Can’t imagine it, gutted. He was a person who at all times introduced life and soul to the constructing, to not point out a incredible coach. Ideas exit to his household and family members. RIP.”