Seasiders mourn long serving boss

Ron Suart former player and manager of blackpool fc
Ron Suart former player and manager of blackpool fc
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Tributes have been paid to former Blackpool favourite Ron Suart who has died, aged 94.

Suart played more than 100 games for the Seasiders between 1946-49 before taking over as the club’s manager in 1958.

Faced with the almost impossible task of replacing the great Joe Smith, Suart managed Pool for nine years, making him the second longest serving manager of all time.

During his time at Bloomfield Road Suart signed some of the club’s greatest ever players, including Alan Ball in 1962, Alan Suddick in 1966 as well as handing Emlyn Hughes his first senior appearance in 1964.

He also managed club legend Jimmy Armfield, who led the tributes this morning.

“Ron was a very nice chap, everyone liked him as a person,” said Armfield.

“He had the unenviable task of following Joe Smith into the club but he did a very good job.

“Ron took over at a time when the great side of the 50s was growing old and had to replace them.

“Being a former player of the club made it difficult as some of his former team mates were still playing when he returned as manager.

“But he’s someone who I’ll also look back on as doing a very good job at Bloomfield Road.”

After leaving Pool in 1967 Suart, who was later assistant to Tommy Docherty and Dave Sexton, took charge of first-team affairs at Chelsea from October 1974 until April 1975.

His 10-year playing career began with Blackpool alongside Sir Stanley Matthews in 1946 before spells at Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic.

The Barrow-born defender, who passed away on Wednesday, spent 16 years with Chelsea serving as general manager and chief scout, and then later worked as a scout for Wimbledon.