Tommy Breslin: Cliftonville devastated as club legend dies

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Cliftonville assistant manager Declan O'Hara leads tributes as NI football mourns Tommy Breslin

Former Cliftonville manager and club legend Tommy Breslin has died.

The north Belfast club said they were devastated to learn of the "sudden and untimely death" of their former player and manager on Wednesday. He was 58.

Breslin led the Reds to eight trophies in a glorious four-year spell including back-to-back Irish Premiership titles in 2013 and 2014.

He also took temporary charge at Solitude in April 2017 after Gerard Lyttle's departure from the club.

Cliftonville send condolences to the family of Tommy Breslin
Cliftonville send condolences to the family of Tommy Breslin

A combative and tenacious midfielder, Breslin cemented legendary status at Cliftonville as a manager.

After taking charge in 2011, he ended the club's 15-year wait for a league title in 2013, a title they successfully defended the following season.

One of the highlights of his managerial career was a Champions League second round qualifying tie against Scottish giants Celtic, managed by former Northern Ireland captain Neil Lennon, in July 2013.

Three League Cups, two County Antrim Shields and a Charity Shield also came to Solitude during Breslin's reign, which ended when he stood down in September 2015.

He answered the club's call less than two years later when Gerard Lyttle resigned, taking charge in April 2017 for the remainder of the season.