Tributes are being paid to the former Cardiff City, Newport County and Sunderland manager Len Ashurt, who has died at the age of 82.

Ashurst was in charge Newport County between 1978 and 1982, the most successful period of the club's history, and led them to the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1981. He led County to a double in 1980, earning promotion to the third tier of English football with a third-placed finish and lifting the Welsh Cup.

He also had two periods in charge of the Bluebirds between 1982-1984 and 1989-1991, winning them promotion in 1983.

Ashurst is also a Sunderland great and holds the record for appearances for an outfield player with 458.

Ashurst played for England at youth level and signed for Wolves after being released by Liverpool.

He then moved to Sunderland and was a mainstay of the team from the late 1950s through to the early 1970s.

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He was player-manager at Hartlepool and went on to manage Gillingham, Sheffield Wednesday, County, the Bluebirds and Sunderland.

Ashurst manged the national sides of Kuwait and Qatar, as well as Al-Wakrah in Qatar and coaching in Malaysia.

After management, he was influential in helping the FA create the academy system and spent many years assessing match officials in the Premier League.

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