Bosses at Premier League champions Leicester City have paid tribute to Whiston headteacher and respected football scout Martyn Campbell, who died last week.
Mr Campbell, 61, was a scout for the club for many years and was described by assistant manager Steve Walsh as a “dear friend”.
Mr Walsh, who is also the club’s head of recruitment, added: “It was with great sadness that we learned of his passing and I, along with the staff here at Leicester City, would like to pass our deepest condolences to Martyn’s family and friends at this time.
“Martyn was a dear friend and a terrific member of our scouting department who worked tirelessly and with the utmost professionalism every time he represented the football club”.
Mr Campbell, principal of St Edmund Arrowsmith Centre for Learning, passed away last week.
He has been hailed as a “high-respected and popular” leader.
John Robson, chair of the governors, said: “We are all devastated by this tragic news.
“Mr Campbell had worked in Knowsley since 1977 and joined St. Edmund Arrowsmith School in 1984, becoming leader of the school in 2006.
“He was highly respected and popular among both staff and students, governors and the wider community, always willing to help students to achieve their best.
“Mr Campbell was an enthusiastic sportsman in his leisure time, acting as scout for Leicester City Football Club for many years.
“So he was particularly delighted when Leicester City were crowned as champions in May of this year.
“Mr Campbell will be missed immensely by staff, students and governors and we feel privileged to have been a part of his life. We are thinking of his family at this very sad time.
“Today we have spent time together in form groups to reflect on Mr Campbell’s life and pray for him.
“Later this week each year group will have special assemblies with Julie, our Chaplain, to pray together for Mr Campbell and his family and friends.
“In time, our students will decide how best they would like to remember Mr Campbell in a permanent memorial in our school.”
Council chiefs also paid tribute and told how despite his illness, Mr Campbell continued to work at the school.
Coun Gary See, cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “Martyn was truly dedicated and committed to his profession.
“Despite his illness, he remained at school, providing guidance and leadership to his staff and students.
“This is a testament to him and his commitment to wanting the very best for young people in Knowsley.
“He was well respected by staff and pupils alike and was held in high esteem by other head teachers, both in the borough and outside of the area.
“He started working in Knowsley in 1977 and has been the Principal at St Edmund Arrowsmith since 2006 – a position he was immensely proud of. My condolences go to his family at this very sad time.”