Reaction to Phil Walsh’s death

TRIBUTES AND TWEETS FLOW FOR ADELAIDE COACH PHIL WALSH:

* Former Hawthorn player and Brownlow medallist Shane Crawford: “Unbelievable and extremely sad news about the murder of Adelaide football coach Phil Walsh.”

* Former Crows star Wayne Carey: “Thoughts are with everyone that Phil Walsh has touched on this very sad day.”

* St Kilda coach Alan Richardson: “What a tragedy. A great man lost. Thoughts and prayers are with his family. #RIPPhilWalsh.”

* Former AFL player Scott Cummings: “Allegiances dropped. The whole AFL world is hurting for @Adelaide_FC and Phil Walsh’s family. Can’t get my head around this. #RIP.”

* Former Hawthorn star Nick Holland: “Only last week Phil Walsh spoke about reconnecting with his son and finding a good work-life balance. Shocking news.”

* Former Port Adelaide premiership forward Warren Tredrea: “From a player that played under him he was a phenomenal person and phenomenal coach. Words can’t describe what the feelings are … the whole footy world is in shock.”

* Former Adelaide champion Mark Ricciuto: “I just thought he was going to be a super coach. If he spent the rest of his career as an assistant coach, he wouldn’t be fulfilling his talent … This isn’t about footy now. It’s just unbelievable. Everyone’s in shock, and obviously our feelings go out for his wife at the moment and any other family.”

* Geelong star Tom Hawkins: “Such horrific news to wake up and hear of the passing of Phil Walsh! It’s hard to comprehend that a man that has touched many lives is gone.”

* Former Richmond player and Nine Network commentator Nathan Brown: “He played for Collingwood, he played for Brisbane. He’s been at West Coast, he’s been at half the AFL clubs. This is going to touch so many people.”

* Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge: “Terrible news to wake up to. My thoughts are with the Walsh family, friends and everyone involved.”

* Sydney Swans player Dan Hannebery: “Absolutely gut wrenching news to wake up to. He was a very good man. #RIPmate.”

* Former North Melbourne and Swans player Wayne Schwass: “Cannot fathom the news, don’t want to believe it to be true. Sad sad day #RIPPhil.”

* Melbourne captain Nathan Jones: “In complete shock. Absolutely devastating news. Thoughts are with the Walsh Family and all the Adelaide FC family.”

* Greater Western Sydney player Adam Treloar: “Tragic news! My condolences to Phil Walsh’s family, Adelaide Crows and the whole football community. Sad day in football.”

* Geelong player Andrew Mackie: “Thoughts with everyone involved in this tragic news. Can’t believe what has happened!”

* Australian and Queensland rugby league captain Cameron Smith, who worked with Walsh at NRL club Melbourne: “He was a pretty impressive guy. You could see he was doing wonderful things at that club as a first-year coach. He had a lot of respect for the players. I was in shock when I saw the headline on the news.”

* Australian runner Tamsyn Lewis Manou: “What a horrible morning. RIP Phil Walsh. Thoughts to all effected by this tragic news. #RIPPhilWalsh.”

* Sydney FC striker Shane Smeltz: “Can’t get my head around the news out of Adelaide this morning. Just shocking! Thoughts with anyone involved.”

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