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.
The LMA said: “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 Liverpool’s big rivals Everton, going on to play more than 100 times for the Toffees.
In March 1996, he joined Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season. He made 12 appearances for the club in Division One.
He left Everton on a permanent transfer at the end of the season, to join Birmingham City.
Ablett later played for Wycombe, Blackpool and American side Long Island Rough Riders, as well managing Stockport County.