Former Sunderland boss Keane joins mourners

Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane at the funeral of Gary Ablett
Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane at the funeral of Gary Ablett
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FORMER Black Cats manager Roy Keane was among mourners at the funeral of ex-player Gary Ablett.

The Irishman, who quit Sunderland in 2008, joined a host of football stars at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral to pay their last respects to the former defender.

Other players, past and present, included Phil Neville, Mark Lawrenson, Robbie Fowler, Howard Kendall and Alan Hansen.

The 46-year-old, who played for both Liverpool and Everton, lost his 16-month battle against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on New Year’s Day.

Ablett was at Anfield between 1983 and 1992, having progressed from being a Reds apprentice, before making the short move across Stanley Park to Everton.

He made 156 appearances for the Toffees, becoming the only player to win the FA Cup with both Merseyside teams when they beat Manchester United in 1995.

Ablett went on to play for Birmingham, Wycombe, Blackpool and American club Long Island Rough Riders before moving into coaching.

He began in Everton’s youth set-up before becoming Liverpool Reserves manager and winning the Premier Reserve League North and the national title in 2008.

Ablett left a year later and was appointed Stockport manager but left after one season – during which they were in administration – and took up a coaching position at Ipswich in the summer of 2010 only to fall ill shortly afterwards.