Everton Football Club have not always tasted the cherry at the top of English football, and thus they always tend to cherish the few times they have actually managed to do it. This is why, the club and its fans have gone into mourning, due to the death of their former player and manager Howard Kendall, who brought the rare glory days to the blue half of Merseyside.

Under the stewardship of Kendall, Everton have experienced what can arguably be called the best period in the history of the club, winning two League Championships (1984/85 and 1986/87), one FA Cup (1983/84), and the European Cup Winnersa Cup (1984/85).

Kendall had also donned Evertona s blue jersey, as a player, making 229 appearances for the Toffees, and scoring 21 goals for them, from midfield. He formed a formidable midfield partnership with the likes of Alan Ball and Colin Harvey, at Everton, helping the club win the League in 1969/70.

Kendall, aged 69, passed away in a Southport hospital, on Saturday, as grieving messages started to pour in for the Toffees great.

a The thoughts of everyone associated with the club are with Howarda s family at this difficult time and it would be appreciated if everyone could respect their request for privacy,a said the club in a statement, on their official website. They also announced that Kendalla s death will be observed in before Evertona s crucial clash against Manchester United, at the Goodison Park, on Wednesday.

Hundreds of messages of condolence poured over on Twitter, after the news of Kendalla s death broke out. Even some of the biggest names from the world of football tweeted-out with heavy hearts. Here are some of these tweets.