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Peter Reid pays tribute to friend, mentor and Everton icon Howard Kendall

  • Howard Kendall was ahead of his time in pre-season or on the pitch
  • He brought Everton together ‘for a magical time at a magical football club’
  • As a manager he won the old First Division with Everton in 1985 and 1987
  • The legendary boss won the league as a player for the Toffees in 1970
  • Kendall kept the Blues in the Premier League during the 1997-98 season

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Peter Reid For The Mail On Sunday


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17:18 EST, 17 October 2015

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Peter Reid pays a glowing tribute to his old Everton manager Howard Kendall, has died at the age of 69.

Kendall is remembered as the Toffees’ greatest-ever manager having been at the helm during their most successful era and also won the Premiership title as a player

I am devastated. I have lost a great friend and a mentor. Howard Kendall was a terrific footballer and an extremely talented manager.

We’ve all shed a tear or two because he was a man who brought us together for a magical time at a magical football club.

Peter Reid's memory of late Everton boss Howard Kendall (right) is of his beaming face post-FA Cup glory

Peter Reid’s memory of late Everton boss Howard Kendall (right) is of his beaming face post-FA Cup glory

Kendall, who won the European Cup Winners' Cup with Everton in 1985, has died aged 69

Kendall, who won the European Cup Winners’ Cup with Everton in 1985, has died aged 69

My abiding memory will be his beaming face after we won the FA Cup in 1984 against Watford at Wembley. As we came down the steps with the trophy I could see him stood there, smile writ large over his face. It lit up the stadium – you could see the pride.

He had been through a tough time at the club but this was the culmination of that work and faith he put in such a young team. He knew it would be the first of many. 

The team he had built was ready to go. We were the most successful side in the club’s history and that was because Howard instilled confidence in young players such as Neville Southall, Gary Stevens, Trevor Steven, Kevin Sheedy and Graeme Sharp.

He was ahead of his time, whether in pre-season or on the pitch. We’d switch formations, outwitting the likes of Bayern Munich.

Kendall helped Everton to the old First Division title in the 1969-70 season and an FA Cup runners-up medal

Kendall helped Everton to the old First Division title in the 1969-70 season and an FA Cup runners-up medal

Reid (left in 1986 with Trevor Steven, Gary Stevens and Gary Lineker as they headed to the World Cup) says Everton's success under Kendall came from the manager's ability to instill confidence in his young players

Reid (left in 1986 with Trevor Steven, Gary Stevens and Gary Lineker as they headed to the World Cup) says Everton’s success under Kendall came from the manager’s ability to instill confidence in his young players

I’ll always be grateful that he put faith in me even though I’d had injuries. I was due to sign for Sheffield Wednesday from Bolton but Howard phoned and convinced me in minutes of what he wanted to achieve.

He wasn’t always conventional but that’s what made him different and special. I came back from the Mexico World Cup in 1986 a stone under weight and he gave me two crates of Guinness to drink.

I was lucky enough to have played against Howard when he was at Stoke and Blackburn Rovers. If you know your football you know of Everton’s ‘Holy Trinity’: Kendall, Colin Harvey and Alan Ball, it is one of the greatest midfields of all time.

Everton won’t be the same without Howard. I’ll miss him immensely.

 

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