Sheffield United legends Kelly and Fjortoft pay tribute to late former Blades boss Howard Kendall

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Sheffield United legends Alan Kelly and Jan Aage Fjortoft have paid tribute to former Blades manager Howard Kendall, who died this morning aged 69.

Kendall passed away in a hospital in Southport this morning.

The Everton legend joined United in 1995 and took them to the Division One play-off final in 1997, which they lost to a late goal against Crystal Palace at Wembley.

And striker Fjortoft, who played for United that day, described Kendall as his "former manager, the great player and a lovely man."

"Thanks for a great time together," he added on Twitter.

Former goalkeeper Kelly, now a coach at Preston, also wrote: "So sad to hear the news that Howard has passed away this morning. He was a great Player, a great manager and a great man.

Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly

"God bless."

Don Hutchinson, who played for Kendall both at Everton and United, described him as "the best manager I’ve ever played for".

Hutchison described the news as tragic, adding: "My second dad has passed away today."