Trevor Steven talks with Football Social Daily on the important advice he received from Everton legend Howard Kendall

Former England International and Everton FA Cup and League winner Trevor Steven runs with the ball in an international game.
Former England International and Everton FA Cup and League winner Trevor Steven. Image: Press Association

After representing England schoolboys as a teenager, the former Everton man’s football dreams were firmly in motion.

While the world was still asleep, a 14-year-old Trevor Steven was up at dawn to clock some miles in his legs, running the length of a beach in Beswick in preparation for his age group trial.

Though the determination was ingrained in him from a young age, it was at Everton where Steven’s game elevated under the guidance of the legendary Howard Kendall, who signed him as 19-year old from Burnley.

Speaking on our Football Social Daily – The Dugout podcast, Trevor recalls the words of wisdom from his new manager Howard Kendall before his debut for Everton against Stoke City.

“He didn’t really give any advice, just some words in my ear,” Steven recalled.

Former Everton manager Howard Kendall lifts a trophy for Everton
Everton’s legendary manager Howard Kendall, who won two League titles, an FA Cup and three Charity Shields. Image: Press Association

He began to paint a picture of Kendall as someone who valued commitment above all else and understood the importance of the Everton fans backing.

And what followed these words were some of the most successful years in Everton’s history, as well as in Trevor Steven’s own career.

“Don’t worry about anything – just make sure you win your first tackle, get your foot in, and they’ll love you.”

Trevor Steven to Football Social Daily’s ‘The Dugout’ podcast

In Steven’s debut season he won the FA Cup, followed by a first division title win – the first in 15 years – and two consecutive FA Cup finals followed.

Having played under Everton legend Howard Kendall, Steven gave his thoughts on both his previous manager and the current man in charge – Rafa Benitez – during the show.

To hear the full episode and hear Steven’s verdict on Benitez’s Toffees’ start, you can listen here:

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