- Kris Blakeston spent 12 years at Hull City as a tactician, inspiring several youngsters to stardom
- His latest assignment with the Tigers was with the club's under-13s who he managed until his untimely demise
- Former and current Hull youngsters are among the footballers who have paid tribute to the tactician
Championship side Hull City have been plunged into mourning following the demise of academy coach Kris Blakeston.
Blakeston, a popular figure at Hull, mentored a number of youngster who grew through the ranks to represent the Tigers at the top level.
The tactician spent 12 years at the club, coaching nearly every age group in Hull's academy.
He was in charge of the outfit's Under-13s this season until his untimely death aged just 40 after a short battle with cancer.
Mirror UK reports Hull City had to postpone their East Riding Senior Cup clash against Hall Road Rangers in respect to Blakeston.
"Hull City were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Academy Coach Kris Blakeston following a short battle with cancer," Hull said in a statement on Wednesday, February 5.
"Everyone at the Club would like to pass on their thoughts and heartfelt condolences to Kris’ family and friends," the statement continued.
Meanwhile, his untimely death sparked outpouring tributes from both current and former Hull City youngsters he managed.
Youngster Keane Lewis-Potter mourned him as "a truly amazing coach" and "an even better guy," thanking the tactician for affording him a chance to shine.
"Cannot put into words how I am feeling right now. The man who brought me into this club and helped me progress massively to where I am today," he noted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Antonio Dumas, legendary Brazilian Togo’s coach, has tragically passed away after a brief illness in hospital in the Guinean capital, Conakry.
The legendary tactician, who also managed Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome, gave up the ghost on Monday, December 30, plunging the football fraternity into mourning.
According to a statement released by Guinean Football Federation announcing the death of Dumas, the 64-year-old coach of Guinean club AS Kaloum fell ill after his side's league win over Elephant Coleah.