Everton Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Liverpool coach Ronnie Moran at the age of 83.
He served the Reds as a player, captain, coach and caretaker manager over a period spanning 50 years before retiring in 1999.
Joe Royle, who led Everton as manager against Liverpool during Moran’s time at Anfield, said: “Ronnie was a lovely man, a proper football man whose company I really enjoyed many, many times.
“I saw him play and he was a warrior for his team – and he was exactly the same when he was on the bench, although whatever the result at Anfield he always made everyone welcome in the boot room after the game.
“He is a Merseyside football legend and my thoughts are with his family.”
Peter Reid, who appeared in 13 Merseyside derbies for the Blues during the 1980s, added: “I’m devastated. Ronnie was a good football man who had a wicked sense of humour.
“One of my best memories of him were the derbies, which as we all know, are fiery affairs.
“One year, they beat us at Anfield and as I was walking off the pitch, Ronnie came over to me and said: ‘Hey lad, you played well’. Let’s just say I gave him an Anglo-Saxon response!
“The following year we beat them at Anfield and I couldn’t see Ronnie in the tunnel so I marched straight into the boot room, found him, and said: ‘Unlucky, you played well’.
“I got the same Anglo-Saxon response!
“Ronnie knew the game inside out. He was a warm man. The best compliment I can pay him is that he was a proper Scouser.”
The thoughts of everyone at Everton are with Ronnie Moran’s family and many friends and those at Liverpool Football Club at this sad time.