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Armfield Pays Tribute To Suart

26 March 2015

Jimmy On Former Manager

Blackpool legend Jimmy Armfield has paid tribute to his former manager Ron Suart, who sadly passed away on Wednesday aged 94.

Suart managed The Seasiders for almost nine years and had Armfield as his captain for the entirety. 

Having played over 100 times for the club, Suart was the first former Pool player to become manager at Bloomfield Road.

Following his passing, Armfield was keen to pay tribute to his former boss.

“Ron was a very nice chap,” said Armfield. “I think he was popular with the fans because he'd previously played for Blackpool.

“When he took over I'd just been appointed captain and we had a very good captain-manager relationship, he was easy to get on with.

“He did very well at a very difficult time, the expectancy was high following Joe Smith and the 1950s era.”

Suart took charge of Blackpool in 1958 and still to this day is the second longest-serving manager in the club's history. 

Armfield recalls the different stamp he put on the club and positivity he spread. 

“He changed the manager's role in that he was a tracksuit manager. Every time you saw Joe (Smith) he always had his suit on, he'd watch the training from the Paddock, but Ronny would come onto the field because he was so much younger. 

“When he arrived we had a few players that he'd actually played with. He held down the position for a long time and was liked by a lot of people,” he added. 

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