By 90Min
November 28, 2017

Tributes have been pouring in for former Chelsea youth academy and Crawley Town boss Dermot Drummy, after it was announced he had passed away aged 56.

The late academy guru's death occurred suddenly on Monday morning and was confirmed by his son Joe on Twitter, although the cause is still unknown.

He wrote: "OK so this is the toughest day. Unfortunately my Dad passed away this morning, I bloody loved that guy and couldn’t have been more proud of his achievements in all aspects of life.

"Best Dad I could have asked for. To me a f***ing legend and awesome role model."

Both his former clubs confirmed the news:

Hackney-born Drummy, a former Arsenal and Blackpool midfielder managed the Gunners' youth academy also, before taking charge of both the Blues' academy and reserves teams between 2009 and 2014. 

Winning the Academy youth cup in 2010, Drummy led the Blues to their first academy cup victory in 49 years, beating Aston Villa 3-2 in the final. 

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In 2011, he was appointed reserve team coach at Stamford Bridge, following Steve Holland's move up to first team coaching staff. In his final season in West London, he then led his side to the Under-21 Premier League title.

He took charge of Crawley Town in 2016 after turning down Brazilian side Bangu, before leaving in May of this year.

Drummy was a well-loved member of the Chelsea Football Club community and former players of those he coached have been quick to pay tribute on social media following the tragic news.

Former Chelsea striker Frank Sinclair was first to send his condolences:

Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti and midfielder Jody Morris were also deeply saddened:

 

Morris went on to mention he 'wouldn't be where I am' without him:

Drummy was a massive figure for many of those he has worked with and coached. His passing while tragic, leaves behind a enormous legacy which will clearly be remembered fondly.

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