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Liverpool legends pay tribute to former Everton boss Howard Kendall

Past Liverpool players have paid tribute to Howard Kendall after the former Everton boss passed away this weekend.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 7, 2012: Former Everton players, Joe Parkinson, Howard Kendall and Graham Stuart stand for a minute's applause in memory of former player Gary Ablett, who died of cancer earlier in the week, before the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kendall managed Everton during their most successful era in the 1980s, winning the league in 1985 and 1987 and finishing runners up to Liverpool in 1986.

It was an era when Merseyside ruled England, winning the title seven years in succession from 1982 to 1988 between the Reds and Blues.

Kendall oversaw FA Cup victory in 1984 – the year Liverpool won the league and European Cup. Merseyside dominated at home and in Europe, with Everton under Kendall lifting the European Cup Winners Cup the following season.

“He was an absolutely incredible character,” said former Liverpool striker Ian Rush – who lined up against Kendall’s sides in the eighties.

“It says everything about Everton Football Club because he was a great player for them and a great manager, and he will be sadly missed because he is one hell of a character, not just at Everton but all around Liverpool as well.”

Kendall was the only manager who could get close to Liverpool’s dominance under Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish.

Rest in peace, Howard.

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