Duncan Ferguson has paid tribute to Howard Kendall in a special obituary published in the Liverpool Echo.
Kendall passed away suddenly earlier this month, at the age of 69, with tributes to the Toffees great pouring in ever since.
A two-time First Division title winner with the Merseyside club, Kendall also won the FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup during his time at Goodison Park.
He managed Ferguson as a player during the 1997-98 season, when Everton escaped relegation from the Premier League on the final day.
But his influence on the Scottish fan favourite evidently extended far beyond that, with the 43-year-old saying an emotional goodbye in an obituary written for the Liverpool Echo and Tweeted out by @JohnMerro1.
Ferguson has long been touted as a potential future Everton manager, with Kendall previously telling the BBC that he saw the talismanic striker as the ideal man to one day grace the Goodison Park home dugout.
“He would be the perfect man and I would really like to see him being given the chance,” he told the broadcaster back in May 2013 after becoming impressed by Ferguson’s work as a coach at the club.
"He is the type of character who could handle the pressure.”
Whatever the future holds for Ferguson, it’s clear to see that Kendall’s influence over Everton Football Club will never be forgotten.