TRIBUTES were today paid to former Sheffield United defender Gary Ablett who has died after a long battle with cancer.
The League Managers’ Association (LMA) said the 46-year-old lost his 16-month fight on Sunday.
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The LMA said: “On behalf of Gary’s family, the LMA has confirmed that Gary passed away peacefully on Sunday night following a hard fought 16-month battle against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“Respected throughout the game by players, coaches and managers alike Gary will be sadly missed.
“The LMA’s thoughts and condolences are with Gary’s wife Jacqueline and children.”
Ablett made his name with his hometown club, Liverpool, making more than 100 appearances for the Reds between 1985 and 1992.
He then moved across the city to join Everton, making more than 100 appearances before falling out of favour after four years.
He joined Sheffield United on loan in March 1996 until the end of the season.
He went on to make 12 appearances for the club in Division One, before he left Everton on a permanent transfer to Birmingham City at the end of the season.
Ablett went on to represent Wycombe Wanderers and American side Long Island Rough Riders, as well as to manage Stockport County.
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