FORMER Chelsea youth guru and Crawley Town boss Dermot Drummy has died aged 56. The late coach’s death occurred 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.”
Drummy left League Two Crawley after a year in charge in May. After a playing career that began at Arsenal, the ex-midfielder went on to represent Blackpool before plying his trade at a number of non-league clubs 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. However, he left the club halfway through his first season in charge to take up at role coaching in Arsenal’s academy.
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He stayed with the Gunners until 2009 when he switched to London rivals Chelsea to take up a similar position. He took charge of the youth and reserve sides during his five-year stay with the Blues, working with a number of the most-promising young talent in the country.
He went on to win the Under-21 Premier League during the 2013/14 campaign before he was given the role of international head coach in June 2014.
Swansea boss Paul Clement, who worked with Drummy at Chelsea, also paid tribute
A year later he reportedly rejected the opportunity to manage Brazilian side Bangu, but he did leave West London a year later to take over the Red Devils. Crawley paid tribute to their late boss following the sad news of his death, tweeting: “Everyone at the club is devastated by the news that our former manager Dermot Drummy passed away earlier today.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We will be issuing a full statement tomorrow after speaking to Dermot’s family.