Former Everton and Manchester city manager Howard Kendall has passed away at the age of 69 today. The family of the legendary toffees boss confirmed he died at around 8 am this morning at a Southport hospital after being taken ill last night.

Everton have paid tribute to legendary former player and manager Howard Kendall after he died at the age of 69 on Saturday.

Kendall managed Everton for 10 years across three spells after a successful playing career at the club and is widely regarded as the greatest manager in the history. During his tenure at the Merseyside club, he won the FA Cup in 1984, before winning the league in 1985 and 1987.

Flags at Everton’s Goodison Park stadium will be flown at half-mast ahead of their match with Manchester United at 3 pm. The club released a statement this morning saying that they were “devastated”.

Kendall won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985 and reached two FA Cup finals with Everton. But he left in 1987 to take charge of Athletic Bilbao and later managed Manchester City, Notts County, and Sheffield United.

An Everton statement published on their official website: “It is with great sadness that Everton Football Club has learned of the passing of Howard Kendall.

“The most successful manager in the history of the club and one of the greatest players to pull on the Everton jersey. He passed away in hospital in Southport this morning at the age of 69, surrounded by loved ones.”

“The thoughts of everyone associated with the Club are with Howard’s family at this difficult time and it would be appreciated if everyone could respect their request for privacy.”

Kendall also played for Preston North End, Birmingham City, Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers.

Gary Lineker, who played for Everton under Kendall in the 1985-86 season, wrote on Twitter: “Saddened to hear that Howard Kendall has passed away. Brilliantly managed the best club side I ever played for at Everton. Great bloke.”

Ex-Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, who was in charge in his first spell at Anfield while Kendall was at Goodison Park, said: “Very very sad news about Howard Kendall. Total respect for him as a player-manager and person. Fantastic character. Be sadly missed. A legend.”

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