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SHARP, HONEST AND FUNNY TO THE VERY LAST.

Byline: PHIL KIRKBRIDE Everton FC reporter philip.kirkbride@trinitymirror.com PHILKECHO @

"MORNING lad".

Howard Kendall appreciated an early call on Thursdays to run through his weekly column with the ECHO.

And last week, like every other, Howard was sharp, honest, funny and totally fascinating.

International breaks can often mean slim pickings for columnists but Howard always had things he wanted to say.

A 15-minute chat, led as always by the great man who took great pride in his column, and the piece would be done and dusted.

Fifteen minutes flies by when listening to the wisdom of Everton's greatest ever manager and if time allowed, you could spend hours soaking up his take on the beautiful game.

Ross Barkley and Phil Jagielka were his focus last week and how their performances for England would give the whole club a boost.

He was upbeat and positive and also began banging the drum ahead of Saturday's game with Manchester United. "They'll not be looking forward to coming to Goodison tomorrow" he wrote.

Howard also spoke about how he struggled to understand many of the modern managerial methods of using stats and facts to prepare for games.

He didn't understand it, he was a manager from a different generation but his take, analysis and opinion on football remained as relevant as ever.

When Howard Kendall spoke about football, you were all ears and so on Saturday, on that dark day, football lost one of its strongest voices.

RIP Howard.

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Date:Oct 19, 2015
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