Tony Cottee has paid tribute to former Everton player and manager Howard Kendall.
The death of Kendall, described by the Toffees as "the most successful manager in the history of the club and one of the greatest players to pull on the jersey", was announced on Saturday morning by Everton. He was 69.
Kendall won the title with the club as a player in 1969 as part of the famous ' Holy Trinity' along with Alan Ball and Colin Harvey, and had three spells as a manager.
He played for Preston, Birmingham, Stoke and Blackburn, before also managing Blackburn, Athlet ic Bilbao, Man chester City, Notts County, Sheffield United and Greek sides Xanthi and Ethnikos Piraeus.
However, he is best remembered for his first spell as Everton boss, helping them to two First Division titles, the FA Cup and European Cup-Winners' Cup.
Cottee told Sky Sports News: "It's desperately sad news. He was a top, top manager, held in such high esteem at Everton. If you did the business for him he loved you to bits. He looked after his players.
"It's unusual for a top player to be such a top manager but Everton under Howard in the mid-80s were a fantastic team.
"He was a tremendous coach who could get his point across and his door was always open too. I have nothing but fantastic memories of my time working under him. Tactically he was fantastic, a joy to play with, and made changes when he needed to.
"I was with him three or four months ago. He lived life to the full and loved being amongst the fans enjoying himself. He'll be sadly missed."
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms