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‘Success never changed him, man of the people’ – Andy Gray on Everton great Howard Kendall

first_imgAndy Gray has paid tribute to his former manager Howard Kendall, who passed away on Saturday, aged 69.Gray was one of the big name players attracted to the club in 1983 and the Scot won Division One, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup under Kendall’s stewardship.“It’s a real shock,” Gray told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“Tributes should rightly pour in, there’s absolutely no doubt that myself and many of us owe so much to his guidance, his leadership,  to his charm and abilities as a coach and a man, for what we have achieved and it’s real sad.“I’ve never met anyone who worked with Howard, worked under Howard, as a player, coach, manager, who would ever say a bad word about him and I really mean that.“He was the first manager to drop me, so if anyone’s got a reason to be angry with Howard it would be me!“He really was a fantastic guy, I know it’s said every time somebody passes away but this was a genuine great man. Apart from being a fantastic manager, he was a fantastic guy.”Kendall, who also won the league title with Everton in his playing days, took charge at Goodison Park in 1981 and he oversaw the club’s most successful era, as the Blues became one of the real powerhouses in British football.As their greatest-ever manager, Kendall took charge of Kendall on two more occasions at the beginning and end of the ‘90s, but Gray feels his achievements first time around should go down in ‘folklore’ along with another managerial great.Gray stated: “He felt privileged to be manager of the club he loved passionately. The fact he delivered what he delivered was astonishing, from a side that was a million miles away 12 months before that.“I believe it’s up there with what [Brian] Clough did at Nottingham Forest, I really do. What Brian did at Nottingham Forest is folklore, but what Howard did at Everton should be right up with it as well.”Andy Gray was one of many former players, employers, colleagues and friends to pay tribute to Everton legend Kendall, click here to see a select few made on Twitter.last_img

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