Howard Kendall (1946 - 2015)

Howard Kendall, the Everton manager who led the football team to two English championships as well as a European title, has died according to The Associated Press. He was 69.

Kendall died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in a hospital in Southport, England. The cause of death was not released.

One of the greatest players and managers in the long history of the Liverpool-based Everton Football Club, Kendall joined the team in 1967. As part of a midfield trio nicknamed the Holy Trinity, Kendall helped lead the team to a title in 1970.

In 1981 he returned to the club as a manager, the first of three stints, and guided the team to an FA Cup in 1984 and a European Cup Winner's Cup in 1985. Everton spent three years battling cross-town rival Liverpool for First Division championships: winners in 1985, runners-up in 1986 and winners again in 1987. Kendall left Everton at the end of that season.

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He managed teams in Spain and Greece as well as several other English teams until his retirement in 1999. Kendall returned to Everton on two separate occasions during the 1990s, but he had less success than he achieved in the 1980s. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

"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 club said in a statement.

"A great manager and even greater man. What ever I did was solely down to him. Gentleman, friend, mentor. Will miss him. Gutted," tweeted Neville Southall who was Everton's goalkeeper during the championship seasons of the 1980s.

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