Press Association Flags flew at half-mast, video tributes were played, players from both Everton and opponents Manchester United wore black armbands and there was a pre-match period of appreciation for the 69-year-old, who died suddenly overnight in a Southport hospital. Applause rang out from all four sides of the famous old ground well before the start of the scheduled minute’s applause and continued after it, interspersed with chants of ‘One Howard Kendall’. The sadness was tinged with a touch of humour with one banner hanging from the upper tier of the Bullens Road stand reading ‘Howard Kendall’s Blue & White Undies’, a jovial touch the former boss would have appreciated. Kendall’s legacy at the club cannot be under-estimated as having 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 undoubtedly his best achievements came when he returned to Goodison Park in 1981 as manager. Within three years he had won the First Division championship, repeating the feat in 1987, while also winning the FA Cup and European Cup-Winners’ Cup in the club’s most successful era in which the Toffees became a powerhouse of British football. A statement from the club read: “It is with great sadness that Everton Football Club has learned of the passing of Howard Kendall. “The most successful manager in the history of the club and one of the greatest players to pull on the Everton jersey, he passed away in hospital in Southport this morning at the age of 69, surrounded by loved ones. “The thoughts of everyone associated with the club are with Howard’s family at this difficult time and it would be appreciated if everyone could respect their request for privacy.” Although he is best remembered for his time at Everton, County Durham-born Kendall also had spells at several other clubs. A midfielder, he played for Preston in the 1960s, and Birmingham, Stoke and Blackburn in the 1970s, prior to a stint as player-manager of the Ewood Park club from 1979 until 1981. He returned to Goodison Park in May 1981 as player-manager, before hanging up his boots. After initially failing to spark an upturn in fortunes, a late goal in a League Cup tie at Oxford proved the catalyst and they reached the final of that competition before winning the FA Cup. The following season they won the league title, finishing 13 points clear of runners-up Liverpool, and the European Cup-Winners’ Cup, defeating Rapid Vienna, while losing the FA Cup final to Manchester United. Liverpool pipped them to the title and FA Cup the following year – before Kendall’s Toffees regained the Championship. He left in 1987 to manage Athletic Bilbao and further management spells followed at Blackburn, Athletic Bilbao, Manchester City, Notts County, Sheffield United and Greek sides Xanthi and Ethnikos Piraeus – as well as two more stints at Everton. Goodison Park said goodbye to one of its most favourite and certainly most successful sons with the passing of former player and manager Howard Kendall.
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As Clippers coach Doc Rivers sat down to speak with reporters ahead of his team’s game Sunday afternoon against the Miami Heat, he was immediately hit with a question about his son Austin possibly coming to the Clippers in a trade.A reporter wanted to know if there were any interesting conversations in the Rivers household Saturday night.“We’re all Patriots fans, so we talked about that,” Rivers said, referring to New England’s playoff victory over Baltimore on Saturday afternoon.Not getting the right response, the question was posed differently. Doc Rivers was asked how he handles this kind of thing with his son, and whether he can talk to him about it. League rules say teams can’t specifically discuss acquiring players currently under contract to another NBA team.“I don’t know, maybe I should call the league; it may be tampering,” Rivers said. “Listen, if it got to that point, we would talk, clearly.”Rivers then reiterated what he has been saying for some time.“We’re just going to keep doing what we think makes our team better and if that’s it, we’ll do it,” he said. “If it’s not, we won’t.”Austin Rivers is averaging 6.8 points, 2.5 assists and 22.1 minutes for New Orleans.Griffin on pointBlake Griffin continues to be the best assist man he has ever been during his career, now in its fifth season. He has a career average of 3.8, but he’s averaging 5.1 in 2014-15.Griffin had six assists in Saturday’s 120-100 victory over Dallas and eight on Wednesday in a rout of the Lakers. Twice he doled out 11 assists in the month of December.Coach Rivers marvels at his 6-foot-10 power forward.“(Blake) has been phenomenal … he is such a weapon,” Rivers said after the 120-100 victory over Dallas. “He makes it very difficult to trap. He is so unselfish. You think at the beginning of the game, their game plan was they are going to trap Blake every time he got caught on the post.“Usually, that makes you go away from the post; it actually made us go to the post more because we knew that would create a 2-on-1 and he kept making the right decisions. It is a good weapon to have.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How about a family reunion?“None scheduled right now,” Rivers said. “I know there has been all these rumors and stuff, but I can’t talk about that. But we’re going to do what we need to do, I can tell you that.”According to reports, Austin Rivers, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, is expected to be sent today from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Boston Celtics, where the elder Rivers coached for nine years before coming to the Clippers, as part of a three-team deal — along with the Memphis Grizzlies — that was agreed upon Sunday. The rest of the deal includes Memphis’ Tayshaun Prince and Quincy Pondexter going to Boston and New Orleans, respectively, Jeff Green heading from Boston to Memphis and rookie Russ Smith being sent from New Orleans to Memphis. Twitter scuttlebutt has it that the Clippers and Celtics are trying to work a deal that would put Austin Rivers in a Clippers uniform. read more