Former Liverpool captain and coach Ronnie Moran has died at the age of 83.
Moran made 379 appearances for Liverpool between 1952 and 1966 and was the club’s longest-serving employee when he retired in 1998.
He joined the coaching staff in 1966 and twice filled in as caretaker manager – after Kenny Dalglish’s resignation in 1991 and following Graeme Souness’ heart surgery in 1992.
His son confirmed he had passed away on Wednesday after a short illness.
Moran worked under nine different managers during his time in the dugout.
He famously led Liverpool out at Wembley in the 1992 FA Cup Final while caretaker manager while Souness was recovering from surgery.
Who was Ronnie Moran?
The Crosby-born defender won 44 trophies during nearly five decades with the club.
A left-back in his playing days, Moran signed for Liverpool as a schoolboy in 1949 before turning professional in 1952 and making his debut in November that year.
He won seven major honours as a player, including leading the club to the Football League First Division title in 1963-64 and 1965-66 and the FA Cup in 1964-65 as captain.
After being offered a role on the backroom staff by Bill Shankly in the pre-season of the 1966-67 season, Moran was involved as the Reds won 11 league titles and four European Cups.
Working under Shankly, Moran was known as one of the ‘Bootroom Boys’ alongside Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish and Reuben Bennett.
‘One of the greats of Liverpool’
Moran was assistant to Roy Evans during much of his spell as manager of the club.
Evans told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast: “I joined in 1964 and he was playing in those days, then he became a coach. He was one of those guys, Mr Liverpool.
“Any player will tell you they’ve had a spat with Ronnie. He’d be the first to tell you off and the first to be on your side to become a better player. He will be remembered with great love and affection. Ronnie Moran is one of the greats of Liverpool.”
Former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton described Moran as “a key member” of successful coaching teams at the club.
“He would have done anything for the club,” Houghton told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast.
“I learned so much from him and he nurtured so many good players. A very humble man and a very honest one.”
Joe Corrigan, who arrived at Anfield as goalkeeper coach in 1994, said Moran was a “fantastic” and “private” man.
“He helped me so much, showed me what Liverpool Football Club was all about and he was a great asset to the club,” Corrigan told 5 live. “His knowledge was second to none.
“He had done everything at the club, even washing the kit. I don’t think the players feared him, he wasn’t that type of person. He had respect from players as they responded to his knowledge of the game.”
Source: The Nigerian Voice