A MASS of tributes have poured in to honour Prestwich Heys football manager Adie Moran, who died in a tragic accident last week.

This morning, 229 messages of sympathy and condolence had been placed on the club's website.

Friends and colleagues have also paid their tributes on the Guide's own website. Messages have come from all sectors of the community - those who knew him through sport, his work or socially.

Adie's mum Hilda said: "He was such a breath of fresh air - a son any parent would be proud of. He was loved by everyone and will never be forgotten.

Adie, 43, died after diving into a swimming pool at the Negombo resort in Sri Lanka where he and his girlfriend Pat Keiller were staying on holiday.

Pat said he hit his head on a lip in the pool, which led to the deep end, and knocked himself unconscious.

"He was taken to hospital where he was sitting up on a trolley and talking to me, but then his condition deteriorated. We don't know at this stage what exactly caused his death," she said. "We had got engaged just three hours before it happened. We just crammed so much into our time together and I'm glad we got the chance to have such a fantastic holiday with one another."

Adie, who has a 17-year-old son Tom, is the son of Hilda and Pat Moran, and has two brothers Mike and John.

His mum added: "Tom has lost a wonderful father and he will carry on his legacy."

Younger brother John said: "I looked up to Adie. He was my idol, and the life and soul of the party.

"The support everyone has given our family has been superb, and I'd like to think people will pull together and carry on his dream for the club to play in the North West Counties League and in the FA Cup."

Adie's body was flown back to Manchester yesterday but no firm date for the funeral has yet been arranged, although it will be held at the Servites Church on Bury New Road, Prestwich, followed by burial at Agecroft Cemetery.

Full details of the funeral will be on the Guide's website as soon as they are released.

Adie was educated at St Philips RC Primary in Cavendish Road before moving to Parrenthorn High School.

He then studied to be a chef at Bury College where he left at the age of 18 with his qualifications and took up a post at the famous Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.

He travelled extensively in his job, taking up posts in Saudi Arabia, and on one occasion he prepared a meal for King Hussain.

He had worked for the last eight years with potato product firm Lamb Weston, where he was national accounts manager.

Adie, who was living in Woodlands Chase, Radcliffe, had played for several semi-professional clubs, such as Radcliffe Boro, Glossop and Flixton, as well as a host of Sunday league teams during his footballing career.

He became manager of Prestwich Heys, for whom he had also previously played, around six years ago and later became club chairman.

He had led the team to three successive Manchester Amateur League titles, and was on the verge of elevating the club to North West Counties status after being the driving force behind a series of improvements to the Sandgate Road ground.

Long-standing friend Mike Openshaw, secretary of Prestwich Heys, said: "He was one of life's true characters - an absolute diamond - his heart was always in the right place with everyone. He was a great friend and will be sadly missed by so many people."

John Hunter, who came to the club as coach under Adie's leadership, said: "Adie's passion for football was unbelievable. He was such a lively, lovable character, and I could not have asked for a more loyal friend.

"I don't know anyone who disliked him or did not respect him. We know what his dreams for the club were, and we want to carry that through."

At the funeral, family flowers only have been requested, but donations can be made to Prestwich Heys.