LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Howard Kendall, who led Everton to two league championships and a European title in the mid-1980s in the first of three coaching spells with the English club, has died. He was 69.

Everton said Kendall died in hospital in Southport, northwestern England, on Saturday.

Kendall first took charge of Everton from 1981-87, winning the English league title and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985, and the league again in 1987. It was the most successful period in the club's history.

He also managed Everton from 1990-93 and for the 1997-98 season, having previously spent seven years of his playing career at the club.

Everton said Kendall was ''the most successful manager in the history of the club and one of the greatest players to pull on the Everton jersey.''