Former Everton manager Gordon Lee has died on the age of 87.
Lee was in cost at Everton from 1977 to 1981, reaching a League Cup remaining, two FA Cup semi-finals and two top-four finishes within the First Division.
The former Shrewsbury Town participant additionally managed Port Vale for six years and had spells with Newcastle and Blackburn.
“Gordon cherished to present younger gamers a chance,” Kevin Ratcliffe, who was handed his Everton debut by Lee, instructed the membership’s web site.
The former captain added: “I’ll without end be grateful that he gave me mine at Everton.
“He was forward of his time with a few of his teaching strategies and with a bit extra luck would have introduced honours to the membership. He left his mark on Everton and his passing is a really unhappy one.”
During his taking part in profession as a defender, Lee had 11 years at Aston Villa earlier than shifting to Shrewsbury.
Everton have stated they’re “deeply saddened” by his demise, whereas Newcastle added that their ideas are with Lee’s family members.
Graeme Sharp, who was signed by Lee at Everton, was additionally amongst these to share his condolences, saying: “Gordon was an enormous a part of my improvement and I all the time loved assembly up with him later in life.
“I’m deeply saddened by his loss and lengthen my sympathy to his household.”