English football unites on Twitter to pay tribute to Liverpool, Everton favourite Ablett

Former Everton and Liverpool defender Gary Ablett has passed away.

Ablett died after a long battle against cancer, the League Managers Association said on Monday. He was 46.

Ablett, who had a season as Stockport manager in 2009-10, lost his 16-month fight against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Sunday night.

"On behalf of Gary Ablett's family the LMA has today confirmed that Gary passed away peacefully last night following a hard fought 16-month battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma," said an LMA statement.

"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 is already trending on Twitter, with English football identities coming together to pay tribute.

Liverpool striker Dani Pacheco tweeted from Spain: "Devastated about Gary Ablett. He was my manager 2 years at Liverpool. Lovely man loved by all we knew him. Really sad news! RIP Gary."

Manchester United striker Michael Owen said: "So sad to hear the news that Gary Ablett has passed away today aged 46. He played for some great clubs and had a career to be proud of. RIP"

Everton attacker Jose Baxter also tweeted: "Gary ablett was my manager for 3 years. Nicest man I've met in football and taught me more than half of what I know. Sad time. RIP X :-("

Arsenal's former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta said: "RIP Gary Ablett. My thoughts go out to this family and friends. Horrible news. #lfc #efc"

Rangers defender and former Everton centre-half David Weir also remarked: "Terrible news about Gary Ablett ! Rest in peace. So sad."

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