Shane Long leads tributes to Eamonn Dolan
Tributes have poured in for former Ireland U-21 international Eamonn Dolan, who died at the age of 48 after a battle with cancer.
Dolan's playing career, which saw him play at Birmingham, West Ham and Exeter, was cut short after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1993.
Twin of former St Patrick's Athletic boss Pat, Eamonn turned to coaching following his recovery from illness, starting at Exeter City before he became Reading Academy coach in 2004.
Here Dolan had a major influence on Ireland stars Shane Long and Kevin Doyle, who both paid respect to him last night.
"Such an influential man in my career and has always been a true friend. Still finding it hard to believe," tweeted Long, while Doyle said he would be "forever grateful" to Dolan.
"Such sad news that Eamonn lost his brave battle. Gutted. True gent," was reaction from another ex-Reading man, Ian Harte.
"It's a sad day. . . someone who's been taken away from us at such a young age with so much left to give," said Simon Cox.
The Royals, whom he also played for, paid tribute to him in a statement last night: "Eamonn led by shining example. Everyone who worked with him at Reading respected and admired a man who will be desperately missed by staff, managers, coaches and players."
The FAI also expressed their sympathy to his family and have promised to honour Dolan at the next home international game.