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Howard Kendall
Personal information
Full name Howard Kendall
Date of birth 22 May 1946 (1946-05-22) (age 63)
Place of birth    Ryton-on-Tyne, County Durham, England
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Youth career
1961–1963 Preston North End
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Preston North End
Birmingham City
Stoke City
Blackburn Rovers
104 (13)
229 (21)
115 (16)
082 0(9)
079 0(6)
004 0(0)
613 (65)   
Teams managed
Blackburn Rovers
Athletic Bilbao
Manchester City
Notts County
Sheffield United
Ethnikos Piraeus

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Howard Kendall (born 22 May 1946 in Ryton, County Durham)[1] is an English 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,[2] his place in the side coming due to the regular left-half Ian Davidson being suspended by the club for an unauthorised trip to Scotland.

Originally a defender, Kendall joined Everton for £85,000 in March 1967[2] where he was moved into midfield with Alan Ball and Colin Harvey, the trio gaining the nickname "The Holy Trinity".[3] They 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.[3] 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.

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 Rovers 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.[3] Initially he struggled and was on the verge of being sacked in January 1984[1] 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 Austrian 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.

During his first spell at Goodison Park, he built an almost entirely new team which proved itself as one of the finest of the whole decade. He brought in younger players such as Peter Reid and Trevor Steven from smaller clubs to give them the opportunity to prove that they could compete at the highest level, and was largely successful. He also brought in "name" players such as Andy Gray, who was instrumental in a season and a half after joining them in late 1983, his goals transforming a struggling side into FA Cup winners and then league champions and European Cup Winners' Cup winners. He then sold Gray to Aston Villa and brought in Gary Lineker who scored more than 30 goals in the 1985-86 season and established himself as a world class striker before his transfer to FC Barcelona.

Kendall left Everton in 1987, frustrated by the ban from Europe of English clubs,[citation needed] to manage Athletic Bilbao in Spain.[1] He was not a great success at Bilbao, hindered by limitations on the players he could sign for the Basque club.[3] 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.[1]

The following month he returned to England as manager of Manchester City, before returning to Everton in November 1990.[3] By this stage they were battling against relegation to the Second Division, but he turned their season around and they managed to finish ninth and also reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, defeating Liverpool in the fifth round. Despite the subsequent acquisition of players like Mo Johnston and Peter Beardsley, Everton remained little more than a mid table side during Kendall's second spell and he resigned on 4 December 1993.

After leaving Everton for the second time, Kendall took charge of Greek 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 them 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 to Greek 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. Kendall was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution as a manager to the English game.[2]




Preston North End




Notts County


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ethnikos Piraeus manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Giovanni Trapattoni
Cup Winners' Cup Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Valeri Lobanovsky

Simple English

Howard Kendall is an English football manager and former player. He is most famous for managing Everton FC during one of their most successful periods. He was briefly chairman of the club and has also been manager of Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.

Honours with Everton

  • 1983-84 FA Cup
  • 1984-85 FA Charity Shield
  • 1984-85 League Championship
  • 1984-85 European Cup Winners' Cup
  • 1985-86 FA Charity Shield
  • 1986-87 FA Charity Shield
  • 1986-87 League Championship


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