Dermot joined Ware in the 1995/6 season and played for the club either side of the move from Buryfield to Wodson Park. He was a skilful and thoughtful player and it wasn't entirely surprising when he was offered the manager's job following the retirement of John Godleman.
Like his predecessor he struggled with a limited budget but worked to build a good footballing side based around several young players. It was hard work but the signs of progress were clearly there. Regrettably for Ware it was Arsenal and then Chelsea who were to be the beneficiaries of his growing skill in developing youth players.
Half way through the 1996/7 season he left Ware to join the youth set up at Highbury but it was when he moved to Chelsea that his career really took off. Initially he managed the Chelsea Academy and won the FA Youth Cup with them in 2010.
He then took on the reserves and under-19s and in that role advanced to the final of the Next Gen competition beating the under-19 teams of several European giants on the way. His under-21 side then won the Premier League under-21 competition in 2014 before he took the role of international head coach at Stamford Bridge.
Later, rumours had him linked with Brazilian club Bangu but it was the more prosaic Crawley Town who eventually claimed him as manager, a role he held for the 2016/7 season.
Dermot was married to Carol and had three children. We extend our condolences to them all.
Pete Miller writes -
I remember Dermot as a tenacious midfield with quality that saw him be an example to his teammates. Both as a player and a manager, Dermot showed passion when representing the blue and white of Ware. I remember sitting in the stand after a home loss to Hertford Town and could hear Dermot in the dressing room absolutely rip into his team. He knew what that derby meant and was a true Wareboy and will always be one. The "behind the goal" fans are saddened to hear of his passing and our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace gaffer.
Updated 14:08 - 28 Nov 2017 by Stephen King