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Popular coach who came to Kenya with Hull City dead

FOOTBALL By Robert Abong'o | February 5th 2020
Richard Naylor (left) and Kris Blakeston (right) with Mike Kamure from the Kenyan Football Federation during a trip to Kenya (Image: Hull City)

Long-serving Hull City youth coach Kris Blakestone is dead.

The 40-year-old, who worked with The Tigers for close to 14 years passed away following a short battle with cancer.

He was in charge of the Hull under-13 team this season.

Blakestone came to Kenya with Hull City in 2018 [COURTESY]

Hull City statement:

"Kris was one of the longest-serving members of staff at the academy, having worked in the Club’s youth set-up for almost 14 years in a variety of coaching roles with all age groups.

He made a huge impact on the lives of so many through his work – both players who have gone on to enjoy careers in the game and those that have pursued other paths away from football.

An outstanding member of the team, his personality, charm and infectious sense of humour will be sorely missed by all at the Academy – staff, players and parents – who have been fortunate enough to work with him.

Everyone at the Club would like to pass on their thoughts and heartfelt condolences to Kris’ family and friends and politely request that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

Blakestone is popular for being one of the coaches who came to Kenya with the Hull City team in 2018 as they took on perennial Kenyan champions Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium.

Blakeston helped a host of youngsters excel in their careers during his long stay at the club. These include Max Clark, Robbie McKenzie, Josh Tymon, Keane Lewis-Potter and Brandon Fleming.

Richard Naylor and Kris Blakeston at a training session at the Afraha Stadium Ulinzi Stars FC [COURTESY]
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