Tributes have poured in for former Carlisle United owner and managing director of Umbro Ireland John Courtenay, who has died aged 70.

Courtenay bought Carlisle after then manager Roddy Collins alerted him to the possibility that the Cumbrians could be for sale.

He succeeded Michael Knighton as owner in July 2002, swiftly reappointing Collins, who'd been sacked in the April following a fallout with Knighton.

Their first campaign together at the club was documented in the four-part series 'The Rod Squad', which aired on RTÉ in 2003.

Courtenay left Carlisle in 2004 but is fondly remembered at the club.

"I got on extremely well with John," said current Carlisle United chairman Andrew Jenkins.

"He was a very likeable character who could hold a room with his stories.

"He was always described as larger than life and I think everyone will agree that was a very fair description.

"I'd like to say a thank you to him for everything he did for the club."

On Monday morning the FAI tweeted: "The FAI is very saddened to hear of the death of John Courtenay, the man who brought Umbro to the Ireland team and whose sponsorships links with the Association continue to this day through JACC [whose managing director is Jonathan Courtenay, son of John].

"May he rest in peace."