I am devastated to tell everyone on behalf of the family that my dad passed away this morning after a short illness
FORMER Liverpool captain, coach, stand-in manager, part-time physio and all-round club icon Ronnie Moran has passed away 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 1999.
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 after a short illness and our thoughts here at Zapsportz are with his family and friends at this time.
Gone…but certainly not forgotten. And the tributes have been pouring in for a man who epitomised everything that is great about Liverpool FC.
Here are just a few of the early tributes to a great football man following this morning’s sad news.
We will bring you Phil Thompson’s emotional and emotive tribute later here on zapsportz…
BBC Radio 5 live
Former Liverpool player Ray Houghton on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast: “Devastaiting news. He was such a key member of Liverpool for so many years. He would have done anything for the club. He loved everything about Liverpool Football Club. We knew him as ‘Bugsy’.
“He loved being at the training every day. The two words I remember at Liverpool were attitude and commitment. I got that from Ronnie. He could be tough. I remember when we won the league, he went around with a box of medals asking who had played enough games to deserve one. That was his way, forget what you’d did in the past.
“I learned so much from him and he nurtured so many good players. A very humble man and a very honest one.”
John McEnerney: Worked with legends, coached legends & a legend himself! Proper footballing man!