Post by thehalftimeporkpie on Nov 17, 2015 11:29:57 GMT
Kevin Richardson was discussed recently on our twitter page.
I had seen him coaching Newcastle in the FA Youth Cup. He had a pretty uneventful spell at Darlington, assistant to ex Villa team mate Steve Staunton.
Anyway, he has just had an interview with Arsenal about his time at the club and mentions Ryton born Howard Kendall in the piece.
I was at Everton when I learned of Howard Kendall’s death. Strange how these things happen, but myself and another old Evertonian, Dave Watson, both work with Newcastle’s under-18s and we had a fixture there last Saturday. Somebody came and told us the news and we were both left numbed.
What a terrible loss. He gave me my chance and stuck with me even though I had a poor debut. I will always be grateful to him for believing in me. He fostered an incredible togetherness at Goodison Park. It was a really compact team and we all socialised off the pitch. It was a wonderful time to be an Everton player.
Howard was a fantastic fella. You would do anything for him – every player would tell you the same. And you’ll never hear a bad word about him.
Dave and I actually only spoke to him on the phone quite recently. He hadn’t changed at all. Howard was still the decent, friendly man he was when I worked under him at Everton 30 years ago. It was so lovely to hear his familiar voice. Sadly, we’ll never hear it again.