London: Gary Ablett, the former Liverpool and Everton defender, has died at the age of 46 after a long battle against cancer.
Ablett, who had a season as Stockport manager in 2009-10, lost his 16-month fight against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Sunday.
"On behalf of Gary Ablett's family the LMA (League Managers Association) has today confirmed that Gary passed away peacefully last night following a hard fought 16-month battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma," said an LMA statement.
"Respected throughout the game by players, coaches and managers alike Gary will be sadly missed.
"The LMA's thoughts and condolences are with Gary's wife Jacqueline and children."