Tributes pour in for former Everton manager Howard Kendall
Tony Cottee has paid tribute to former Everton player and manager Howard Kendall.
The death of Kendall, described by the Toffees as "the most successful manager in the history of the club and one of the greatest players to pull on the jersey", was announced on Saturday morning by Everton. He was 69.
Kendall won the title with the club as a player in 1969 as part of the famous ' Holy Trinity' along with Alan Ball and Colin Harvey, and had three spells as a manager.
He played for Preston, Birmingham, Stoke and Blackburn, before also managing Blackburn, Athlet ic Bilbao, Man chester City, Notts County, Sheffield United and Greek sides Xanthi and Ethnikos Piraeus.
However, he is best remembered for his first spell as Everton boss, helping them to two First Division titles, the FA Cup and European Cup-Winners' Cup.
Cottee told Sky Sports News: "It's desperately sad news. He was a top, top manager, held in such high esteem at Everton. If you did the business for him he loved you to bits. He looked after his players.
"It's unusual for a top player to be such a top manager but Everton under Howard in the mid-80s were a fantastic team.
"He was a tremendous coach who could get his point across and his door was always open too. I have nothing but fantastic memories of my time working under him. Tactically he was fantastic, a joy to play with, and made changes when he needed to.
"I was with him three or four months ago. He lived life to the full and loved being amongst the fans enjoying himself. He'll be sadly missed."
Former Everton striker Graeme Sharp added on Sky Sports News: "He was the most successful manager in Everton's history and was a joy to play for in a fantastic team at the time.
"It will be a very sombre place today but I am sure when the first whistle goes the fans will urge the team on for Howard's sake.
"No one will ever forget Howard Kendall as a player or manager of the most successful Everton side.
"He was a massive icon for Everton Football Club and it is so sad he will no longer be here as a visitor to home games.
"He was a fantastic guy, it is a sad loss for Everton Football Club and to football in general."
Peter Reid played in Kendall's successful side's of the 1980's, winning the FA Cup, two league titles and the European Cup Winners' Cup.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: ''Everton won't be the same without Howard.
"His dressing room was lively, when you were winning and even more when you were losing.
"A great person. Very astute and a great man-manager, and just a fantastic man. I'm devastated - he was my friend as well as my boss.''
Towards the end of Kendall's first spell in charge at Goodison Park, Liverpool were managed by Kenny Dalglish.
It was a time when both clubs in the city were regularly challenging for silverware with Dalglish's team denying Everton the double during the 1985/86 season, finishing above them in the league and defeating them in the FA Cup final.
Dalglish said on Twitter: ''Very very sad news about Howard Kendall. total respect for him as a player manager and person. Fantastic character. Be sadly missed.A legend.''
Everton's goalscorer in that 1986 FA Cup final, which Liverpool won 3-1, was Gary Lineker.
He tweeted: ''Saddened to hear that Howard Kendall has passed away. Brilliantly managed the best club side I ever played for at Everton. Great bloke.''
Kendall's passing has also been felt away from football with Shadow Home Secretary, MP for Leigh and Everton fan Andy Burnham saying: "Struggling with awful news that the finest manager in our history, the great Howard Kendall, has passed on. Thanks for the memories, Howard."
Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: "Everyone at the Premier League was deeply saddened to hear that Howard Kendall had passed away this morning.
"As Everton's most successful ever manager he will be fondly remembered across the city of Liverpool, throughout English football and beyond.
"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all at Everton FC - the club he loved and will forever be synonymous with."