Gary Pearson, a former Darlington football player, passed away unexpectedly He had previously been in charge of Ryhope CW and Crook Town before being appointed manager at Billingham Town.
In his playing days, he was regarded as a combative midfielder who could take a hit and never wavered in his commitment.
Teammates have expressed their astonishment over the sudden passing of former football player Gary Pearson at the age of 45 from what is believed to be a heart attack.
The former Darlington FC player, who was well known throughout the North East for having played for and coached a number of clubs, was eager to begin his new position as the manager of Billingham Town FC.
Pearson was a central midfielder and a central defender who was known for his aggressive tackles and dedicated performance.
During his time with Seaham Red Star and Durham City, Pearson shared the field with his brother Alan.
Gary Pearson Age: How Old Is Gary Pearson?
Gary Pearson died at the of age 45.