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McMullan salutes the boss

George McMullan says Tommy Breslin “turned boys into men and men into Champions” as he paid tribute to the most successful Manager in the history of Cliftonville Football Club.

Still shocked by the tragic news of Tommy’s untimely loss at the age of 58, his former skipper saluted Breslin’s legendary laid-back approach throughout his golden era at the helm.

“Tommy was a player’s Manager,” says McMullan.

“Nowadays, football is all about pressure to win and the best thing Tommy did was take that pressure away.

“Never did I hear him have a pop at anyone. He did everything with a smile and a joke and the players loved him – and with that came great success.

“He is one of the best men I have ever met in football and he will be sorely missed.

“I’m heartbroken for Valerie and the rest of his family and I want to say a big thank you to Tommy B for being Tommy B. I’ll never forget the day he and Peter Murray took charge – from that day, they knew we would be winners.

“They turned boys into men and men into Champions.

“Rest in peace, legend.”