Reading confirm passing of Irish academy manager after cancer battle

The FAI has paid its respects to the former Ireland youth international

Eamonn Dolan, Reading,

Eamonn Dolan, Reading Academy Manager. Picture by: Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport

Reading have confirmed that their academy manager Eamonn Dolan has died at the age of 48.

The Irishman, who spent 12 years with Reading, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Dolan was born in Galway and went on to play for West Ham, Birmingham City and the Republic of Ireland under-21s during a playing career which stretched between 1986 and 1993.

"Eamonn Dolan was a real gentleman and fought a courageous battle against cancer in recent years. It is such sad news to hear of his passing,” said FAI Chief Executive John Delaney.

Reading fans show their support for academy manager Eamonn Dolan with a minute's applause in the 21st minute in August 2015. Picture by: David Davies / PA Archive/Press Association Images

"I have great memories of meeting Eamonn many times at games during his time with Reading. He was just a brilliant person and very engaging. He contributed greatly to the development of many talented Irish players and was very proud of being from Ireland.

"The sympathies of all in Irish football go to Eamonn’s family, his brother Patrick in particular, and his many friends in the game who will be very upset at his untimely death.

"We will rightly pay tribute to Eamonn at our next home international game. May he rest in peace."