“He is the person who I owe most to” – Moyes on Kendall
The Real Sociedad coach said he spent a lot of time with the late Everton manager: “We would see each other before and after practically every home game”.
Former Everton and Athletic Club manager Howard Kendall will be laid to rest after a service at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral today. Kendall, who died in Southport on 17 October, was a popular figure both on Merseyside and in Bilbao. During his time in Spain, he made an effort to learn the language and sometimes could be seen out having a glass of wine and chatting with the locals in Lezama, close to Athletic’s training ground. There was even a cocktail named after him in the town.
David Moyes, who is experiencing a similar adventure to Kendall’s in neighbouring Guipuzcoa with Real Sociedad, said on hearing the news: “I owe him a lot; he is probably the person I owe most to”. Later, he spoke about Kendall publicly: ““I am really saddened to hear of the death of Howard Kendall. Howard Kendall was a great manager in England and was also someone who I respected. I spoke to him in nearly every game at home at Everton – I would always see him after the game.
“He was a good man. He had a great team at Everton, some great players and he was someone who was very well-liked by his players. And also, I’m sure that Athletic Club will be very disappointed to hear of the death of their former manager”
The funeral procession will pass Goodison, stopping briefly at the statue of Everton legend Dixie Dean, before continuing its journey to the Anglican Cathedral.