CHELSEA’S head of youth development Neil Bath led the tributes yesterday to former manager Dermot Drummy, who died on Monday aged 56.
Drummy worked as Chelsea’s academy boss, winning the 2010 FA Youth Cup, and later as reserve-team manager before taking the role of international head coach in June 2014.
After leaving the Blues he took over at League Two Crawley in April 2016, departing 13 months later.
Bath said on the club’s official website: “There are no words to convey the sense of shock and loss we all feel at this news.
“Dermot was a good friend to many of us here at the academy, including myself. His love and passion for football were infectious and we will all miss him greatly.”
League Managers Association chairman Howard Wilkinson said in a statement released on the union’s website: “Dermot was a highly valued and respected member of the football community.
“His abilities and achievements as a coach are embodied in some of the Premier League’s most talented young players of the past two decades. He has played a crucial and supportive role in the lives of so many young people and will be sorely missed by all at the LMA.”
Crawley tweeted their condolences on Monday evening and have since released a lengthy statement to express their sadness.
Director of football Selim Gaygusuz said: “Dermot was a great coach to work with and a true gentleman with a clean heart. My thoughts are with his family.”
Crawley players will wear black armbands during tonight’s League Trophy clash against Fulham Under-21s and will observe a minute’s silence at the game against Mansfield on December 9.
A flag at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground was at half mast yesterday, while the Blues are expected to wear black armbands for tonight’s Premier League clash with Swansea at Stamford Bridge.