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Rovers sadness over Howard Kendall

17 October 2015

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Blackburn Rovers are saddened to learn of the death of former player and manager Howard Kendall.

Howard, who was 69, joined Rovers in the summer of 1979 as player-manager after a successful footballing career with Preston North End, Everton, Birmingham City and Stoke City.

He made an immediate impact, overseeing Rovers' promotion from the Third Division in his first season in charge as the club finished in second place.

Then it was very nearly back-to-back promotions the following season, 1980-81, as Rovers famously missed out on a top-three finish by virtue of goal difference. 

Those two successful seasons led to Everton returning for his services, with Howard joining the Toffees as player-manager in May 1981.

He guided the Merseyside club to their most successful spell in their history, leading them to two First Division titles, as well as an FA Cup triumph and European Cup Winners' Cup win. 

He would go on to manage Everton on three occasions, as well as taking charge of Athletic Bilbao, Manchester City, Xanthi, Notts County, Sheffield United and Ethnikos Piraeus.

"Howard was somebody I knew very well and had done for a long time. He was a fantastic manager, fantastic person, and a real leader of men," said Rovers' Director of Communications Alan Myers.

"His achievements at Rovers both as a player and a manager will never be forgotten. I spoke with him only recently about coming to Ewood Park to watch a game. On a personal note I will miss him very much."

Rovers would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Howard’s family and friends at this sad time.

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