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Howard Kendall (born 22 May 1946 in Ryton, County Durhammarker) is an Englishmarker football manager and former player. He is most famous for his connection to Everton, a club that he both played for and managed. His uncle Harry Taylor played for Newcastle United and Fulham in the 1950s.

Playing career

Kendall joined Preston North End as an apprentice in 1961. He turned professional in May 1963 and played in the 1964 FA Cup Final against West Ham United. At the time the youngest player to appear in the final in the 20th century, his place in the side coming due to the regular left-half Ian Davidson being suspended by the club for an unauthorised trip to Scotlandmarker.

Originally a defender, Kendall joined Everton for £80,000 in March 1967 where he was moved into midfield with Alan Ball and Colin Harvey. This famous trio (given the nickname The Holy Trinity) were a major component of the Everton team that won the Football League First Division in the 1969–70 season. In the next three seasons, Kendall captained Everton. He was transferred to Birmingham City in February 1974 and later to Stoke City in August 1977 for a fee of £40,000. Kendall was made player-coach at Stoke City in February 1978 and played a pivotal role in the 1978–79 season when Stoke won promotion to the First Division.

To the amazement of many, Kendall never played for England at senior level, but won caps at Schoolboy, Youth and Under-23 level, captaining the England Youth side to victory in the 1964 Little World Cup Final.

Career in management

In June 1979 Kendall was appointed player-manager of Blackburn Roversmarker and took the team into the Second Division in the 1979-80 season. Success continued the following season when Rovers narrowly missed out on promotion to the First Division on goal difference.

In May 1981 Kendall returned to Everton as player-manager, although he only played four games before finally retiring as a player. Initially he struggled and was on the verge of being sacked in January 1984 when results began to pick up with Everton reaching the League Cup final (losing to Liverpool) and winning the FA Cup (beating Watford) at the end of the season. In the 1984–85 season, Everton won the League Championship, finishing 13 points clear of runners-up Liverpool, and the European Cup-Winners' Cup, defeating Austrianmarker side Rapid Vienna, and reached the final of the FA Cup. Everton narrowly failed to win both the League and the FA Cup in 1985–86 – second in both to Liverpool – but in 1986–87 won the League again, nine points clear of Liverpool, as the Merseyside clubs continued their stranglehold on the English game.

Kendall left Everton in 1987, frustrated by the ban from Europe of English clubs, to manage Athletic Bilbao in Spainmarker. He was not a great success at Bilbao (4th in 1988, 7th in 1989) not helped by limitations on the players he could sign for the Basque club. He turned down an offer to manage Newcastle United to remain in Spain, but was sacked in November 1989 after a poor run of results.

The following month he returned to England as manager of Manchester City, before returning to Everton in November 1990. He was less successful the second time around, resigning in December 1993 after a row about money for a signing.

After leaving Everton for the second time, Kendall took charge of Greekmarker club Xanthi for a short and largely unsuccessful period. In January 1995 Kendall returned to English football, taking over at First Division Notts County. The Magpies were struggling badly after a nightmare start to the season, but under Kendall's leadership there was a considerable improvement, with County pulling out of the relegation zone by the end of March. However, a series of rows with chairman Derek Pavis led to Howard Kendall being sacked in April 1995 - exactly why has never been fully clarified. The Magpies form collapsed shortly afterwards and the team were relegated to Division Two at the end of the season.

Subsequently, Kendall joined Sheffield United in December 1995, saving the club from relegation and then taking it to the 1997 play-off final, which was lost to Crystal Palace.

Kendall then returned to Everton for third time as manager in August 1997, but resigned at the end of the season having only managed to avoid relegation on the final day of the season. Kendall moved toGreekmarker side Ethnikos Piraeus, but was sacked in March 1999 after only four months in charge and with the club eight points adrift at the bottom of the Greek First Division. As of 2007, this was Kendall's last role in football management, although in 2001 he revealed that he had "had offers" from a number of English clubs which he rejected, and he has recently expressed interest in the Republic of Ireland managers' job. He remains the last English manager to win a European competition with an English club.



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  • Kendall was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution as a manager to the English game.
  • A petition was created to ask the Prime Minister to knight Kendall as a result of his achievements with Everton.

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