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Dermot Drummy, Arsenal and Chelsea youth coach, RIP
My colleagues and I were shocked and saddened to hear the news that Dermot Drummy the former Arsenal and Chelsea academy coach, most recently manager of League Two Crawley Town, died on Monday, 27th November, aged 56.
Drummy oversaw a golden generation of Chelsea academy talent, winning the club’s first FA Youth Cup in 49 years in 2010.
Editor of Elite Soccer Chris Hunt and I worked with him on a session in the March issue of the digital magazine and earlier this year our soccer marketing manager Alex Havell met up with him to talk about his coaching career. He was a great person to work with.
Chelsea academy graduates including Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah paid tribute to Drummy on Twitter. Chalobah said Drummy had “changed the life of so many young boys at Chelsea”. At Arsenal, Drummy also had a hand in bringing through the likes of Ashley Cole and Jack Wilshere.
Arsene Wenger said: “It’s very sad. He was very, very much appreciated here. He did an excellent job. He left us for Chelsea at the time because he had a good proposal there. We were sad to lose him because he was competent, he was well liked by everybody and respected by everybody.”
Last Monday night tweets from Crawley’s official account read: “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. He had time for everyone at the club and he loved to make us laugh! He brought many of the current squad to Crawley and they are as stunned as we all are at this terrible news.”
Swansea boss Paul Clement, who worked closely with Drummy at Chelsea, tweeted: “Shocked to hear of the death of my former colleague from Chelsea FC, Dermot Drummy. Very sad. Rest In Peace.”