MOYES STUNNED AT SAD DEATH
David Moyes says he was stunned by the death of Alan Ball.
The Everton legend passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday night and tributes to the World Cup winner have been pouring in.
The Everton chief had met Ball on a number of occasions, with the most recent encounter coming just a few weeks ago.
"I am totally stunned by the death of Alan Ball," said Moyes.
"I have been with Alan recently and found him, as always, great company.
"He seemed in the best of health, which makes this news even sadder."
Despite playing for a host of clubs, Ball always held Everton in the highest regard.
"He was a great person to be around and he always spoke very highly of everybody at Everton," recalled Moyes.
"He was very proud of the time he had at Everton and he regarded that time as being very special.
"He will be missed by everybody at the club."
Those sentiments were echoed by Everton skipper Phil Neville.
The England international said: “I met him a few times when I was playing for England and I met him shortly before I signed for Everton but on each occasion, the one thing I will remember is that he was nothing other an absolute gentleman.