Past Liverpool players have paid tribute to Howard Kendall after the former Everton boss passed away this weekend.
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.”
Merseyside football. Kenny Dalglish and Howard Kendall. Red and blue all over. Tider pic.twitter.com/DCAPaQPVFR
— Steinar Bjerkmann (@Bjerkestuen) October 17, 2015
Kendall was the only manager who could get close to Liverpool’s dominance under Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish.
Howard Kendall & Kenny Dalglish lead their sides out at Wembley for the first ever Merseyside Fa Cup final, 1986. pic.twitter.com/9ZKQnFNp2P
— When Football Was Better (@FootballInT80s) August 10, 2015
"He was an incredible character." @Ian_Rush9 pays tribute to Howard Kendall, who passed away today aged 69. http://t.co/gJel3NILES
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 17, 2015
Gutted to hear the news of Howard Kendall's passing away.Had many of great laughs with the great http://t.co/2jmKz2Sjx0
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) October 17, 2015
Red or Blue we all unite in mourning the passing of Howard Kendall, a great manager and lovely man #riphoward #lfc #efc
— Terry McDermott (@TerryMac777) October 17, 2015
Terrible news regarding Howard Kendall, by far @Everton 's greatest manager… Top top man , will be missed.. #RIPHowardKendall
— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) October 17, 2015
Very sad to hear of Howard Kendall's passing. An Everton great – RIP
— Jim Beglin (@jimbeglin) October 17, 2015
Very very sad news about Howard Kendall. total respect for him as a player manager and person. Fantastic character. Be sadly missed.A legend
— Sir Kenneth Dalglish (@kennethdalglish) October 17, 2015
So sad to hear the news of Howard Kendall-saw him a short while ago- RIP Big Man.
— Mark Wright (@Mark5Wright) October 17, 2015
RIP Howard Kendall the greatest EFC manager there's been. He gave me some of my best football memories especially in the 84/85 season.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 17, 2015
Awful news about Howard Kendall. A really nice fella . My sincere condolences to Simon and the family. R.I.P.
— George Sephton (@VoiceOfAnfield) October 17, 2015
#LFC are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of @Everton great Howard Kendall http://t.co/Jq5PwAxDNu
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2015
Rest in peace, Howard.