"It is a really sad day for our club and our sport. We have lost one of the really good guys in our profession.
"I met Walter at Newcastle and we spent some time talking about football. I enjoyed spending that time in his company and he made a very good impression on me as a manager and a person.
"You read what Walter's former players have said about him and the influence he had on their careers and lives is clear.
"He was a great professional and will be remembered as a legendary figure in football."
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