A Special Message

Everybody at Everton would like to pass on their best wishes to Gary Ablett.

The 44-year-old former Everton player and coach was taken ill last week and has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.

Gary, who recently took up a coaching role at Ipswich Town under Roy Keane, is currently in hospital in Suffolk but is due to be transferred to his native Merseyside this week for intensive treatment.

Gary has always been a popular figure at Goodison, where he has forged a host of friendships through his time here as a player and a coach.

An FA Cup winner as part of Joe Royle's famous Everton side in 1995, he returned to Goodison in 2002 as a senior coach within the Blues' Academy. He departed Goodison in 2006 to take up a position as reserve team boss for Liverpool but has maintained strong friendships on the Blue half of the city.

Our thoughts are with Gary and his family at this time.

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