Tributes have been flooding in for a stalwart of Staffordshire grass roots football following his sudden death.
Uttoxeter Town FC manager Dean Arnold was today described as a ‘legend’ after news of his passing emerged.
He had been credited with the club’s promotion to the Midland Football League Division 1 in 2014 for the first time.
In a heart-breaking statement on Twitter, Uttoxeter Town FC said: “After the devastating news we received yesterday of the passing of our first team manager Dean Arnold, we as a football club wish to express our sincere condolences.
“Dean was a club stalwart having played for the club and then managing a successful Sunday side and then having an integral part in taking the club to Saturday football where he initially managed the reserves and then the first team which was his position at his time of passing.
“As a club we are shocked and devastated but all our thoughts must pass to his wife Helen, children George and Ella May and brother Rob ‘Wobbly’ and other family and friends.
“Our club and local grass roots football will be a poorer place without Deano, his enthusiasm and passion was never ever questioned and his loyalty to Uttoxeter Town was there for all to see.
“The well-wishes we have had off other clubs has been overwhelming and respectfully received and is a measure of Deano’s standing in football.
“RIP Deano, love you.”
Dozens of messages of support have also flooded in on Twitter.
Sentinel sports writer Jim Hannah said: “Such sad news. Dean did so much for Uttoxeter Town FC. He will be missed.”
And Kidsgrove Athletic tweeted: “Such sad news, sending our deepest condolences to Deano’s family and all at Uttoxeter Town FC. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP.”