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Everybody at Chelsea Football Club has shown their deep sadness to learn of the passing of our former Academy and reserve team coach, Dermot Drummy.

The 56-year-old was a popular figure at both Stamford Bridge and Cobham during his time with Chelsea between 2007 and 2014.

Head of youth development Neil Bath worked with him throughout that time. He 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.”

Conte also said of Drummy: “Today we had bad news, our former youth coach Dermot Drummy died. I want to pass condolences to his family and friends.

“It is a great importance to have this type of figure and person to develop the young players. This is a big loss and this type of person, a great person who has a great value for the club. It is not easy to work with a young player, not only on the pitch but especially off it to teach them what the life is. I think that this is for sure, and we are sorry because this person was important for this club.”

Terry and a host of past players and staff of Chelsea FC have sent their tribute.

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