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In quotes: Eddie Thompson reaction

Eddie Thompson

The Dundee United chairman Eddie Thompson has died, aged 67, after a long illness. Here are some of the tributes from leading figures in Scottish sport.

DUNDEE UNITED MANAGER CRAIG LEVEIN

"We have lost someone I'd call a decent guy and, as close as we've become, he is someone I wish I could have known a lot longer.

"As a chairman he could not have backed me any more than he did, but it is as a good man that I think of him.

"Over the next few days a lot will be said about him and what he achieved, but I really will remember him as a decent guy.

"We knew how ill the chairman was and we have been expecting this. That means in some ways you can steel yourself for it, but when it happens it is still terrible news.

"We are all very upset and right now there is not much I can say."

SFA CHIEF EXECUTIVE GORDON SMITH

"Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and everyone at the club at this terribly sad time.

"Eddie was a man who loved the game and was passionate about bringing success to the club he loved.

"You need only look at the way the fans reacted at the CIS Cup final earlier this year to see how much Dundee United meant to Eddie and how much Eddie meant to the club.

"He will be sorely missed."

RANGERS CHAIRMAN SIR DAVID MURRAY

"I had come to know Eddie well in recent years, and, even as he battled with illness, his football club was always his main priority.

"We are deeply saddened by today's news and, on behalf of everyone at Rangers, our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."

CELTIC CHIEF EXECUTIVE PETER LAWWELL

"Everyone at Celtic is deeply saddened at the news of Eddie'S death and our thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult time.

"Eddie was a genuinely popular figure in Scottish football who was absolutely devoted to Dundee United.

"He was very proud of his association with the club and always fought their corner with honesty and integrity, doing his best for Dundee United while always having the wider interests of Scottish football at heart."

MOTHERWELL CHAIRMAN JOHN BOYLE

"Eddie fought for his club, he was so enthusiastic and so passionate. He was an inspiration to us.

"There was absolutely no question that, as he said, he was the custodian for the fans.

"Dundee United went through a very, very turbulent time and he brought stability to the club.

"They have achieved marvels in the last six or seven years, largely due to his influence. The players, the manager and the fans all looked up to him so much.

"He has left the club in tremendously good nick. He fought for all of the smaller clubs. He was a director of the SPL for many years and, as everyone will tell you, they may have disagreed with him, but there was enormous respect for him."

MIKE BARILE, DUNDEE UNITED SUPPORTERS' GROUP, ARAB TRUST

"Eddie was just a lovely man. He was so passionate about his football team, and through his hard work and determination he proved his doubters wrong and turned things around here at the club.

"He was a real workaholic and that explains a lot of his success in business - once he decided what he wanted to do, that's what he did.

"Whether Eddie was speaking to a taxi driver or whoever, he gave that individual his full attention and was genuinely interested in them - that was a remarkable gift."

FEDERATION OF DUNDEE UNITED SUPPORTERS' CLUBS

"We have lost a wonderful father figure whose massive physical, emotional and financial contribution will always be revered amongst us.

"The courage, bravery and devotion to our team shown by Eddie during the latter stages of his illness dispels the myth that there are no heroes anymore - Eddie Thompson is a hero to all of us.

"We are all heartbroken today. The heartfelt love and sympathy of every Dundee United FC supporter goes out to his family."

ST JOHNSTONE MANAGER DEREK McINNES

"First and foremost my thoughts are with his family. Eddie was a big family man. I don't think anyone could have done more in his time at a club.

"On a personal level, when I got the manager's job at St Johnstone, the first letter that arrived to congratulate me was from Eddie Thompson. That was appreciated."

see also
Dundee Utd chairman Thompson dies
15 Oct 08 |  Dundee Utd
Eddie Thompson's time at Tannadice
15 Oct 08 |  Scotland


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