Leeds United legend leads tributes to former Whites manager Jimmy Armfield

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Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has led the tributes to former Whites manager Jimmy Armfield who has died at the age of 82.

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Jimmy Armfield, the manager who took Leeds United to a European Cup final, has passed away following a long battle with cancer.

His family has confirmed he died at Trinity Hospice - a charity which he represented as its president - early this morning, paying tribute to their beloved family man.

Eddie Gray, who played in the 1975 European Cup under Armfield, said: “Jimmy steadied the ship at Leeds when Brian Clough left. It was a difficult time for the club anyway with Don Revie having left and Brian coming in and things not going too well.

“It wasn’t an easy time for Jimmy to come in because the team were getting that bit older as well, but his manner, the way he conducted himself in and around the club was terrific.

“And I liked Jimmy a lot as a person, that’s the most important thing. I liked him very much and always got on very well with him.”

In 1974, he took the helm at Leeds United replacing Brian Clough, and led them to the European Cup Final in which they lost 2–0 to Bayern Munich.

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