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  • By Paul Lagan

Demot Drummy RIP - top man

Dermot Drummy, Chelsea's former Academy and reserve team coach has died.

Dermot, 56, spent eight years at the Bridge between 2007 and 2014.

Dermot was a proper Gooner and also an Arsenal youth team player. He played for Blackpool and in non-league..

He was an Arsenal youth team coach before joining the Blues .

Dermot led Chelsea to their first FA Youth Cup success in 49 years in 2010.

He was made reserve team manager in 2011.

The U-21s became national champions in 2014 thanks to a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

He moved on to become international head coach of the Chelsea Foundation, then achieved a long-term ambition to become a boss in his own right when he joined Crawley Town in 2016. He left in May his year.

Head of youth development Neil Bath at Chelsea said: "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.’

RIP Dermot.

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