Former Sheffield United boss Howard Kendall dies aged 69

Howard Kendall in the stands PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Howard Kendall in the stands PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

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Former Sheffield United manager Howard Kendall has died aged 69.

He joined the Blades in 1995 saving the club from relegation and then taking them to the 1997 play-off final.

He passed away in hospital in Southport this morning, surrounded by loved ones.

Born in County Durham, Kendall played more than 100 times for his first club Preston North End, before joining Everton.

Kendall won the title with the club as a player in 1969 as part of the famous ‘Holy Trinity’ along with Alan Ball and Colin Harvey, but undoubtedly his best achievements came when he returned to Goodison Park in 1981.

Within three years he had won the First Division championship, repeating the feat in 1987, while also winning the FA Cup and European Cup-Winners’ Cup in the club’s most successful era in which the Toffees became a powerhouse of British football.

He had two further spells with the club, along with stints at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Athletic Bilbao, Notts County and Sheffield United.

Don Hutchinson, who played for Kendall both at Everton and Sheffield United, described him as ‘the best manager I’ve ever played for’.

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