Liverpool great Ronnie Moran has died at the age of 83
Last Updated: 22/03/17 6:21pm
Liverpool great Ronnie Moran has died at the age of 83, his family has confirmed.
Moran played 379 games for the club and spent more than 30 years on the coaching staff at Anfield, including a couple of spells in caretaker charge of the first team, and left having been involved in winning 44 trophies.
I am devastated to tell everyone on behalf of the family that my dad passed away this morning after a short illness— paul moran (@paulmoran62) March 22, 2017
Crosby-born Moran started his playing career with Liverpool in 1949 as a part-timer and turned professional in 1952, linking up with legendary boss Bill Shankly in 1959 in a relationship that would endure.
Moran, who played at left-back, went on to become Shankly's captain and continued as part of the Liverpool first-team until 1965, just before he was invited on to the club's coaching staff by the Scotsman.
He formally retired as a player during the 1968-69 season and became part of the 'Boot Room' team of Shankly, Joe Fagan, Bob Paisley and Reuben Bennett.
After a spell as reserve team manager, he moved on to the first-team staff and served as a coach under Shankly, Paisley, Fagan, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Roy Evans.
Moran spent time in charge of the first team after Dalglish resigned in 1991 and again when Souness had heart surgery in 1992, leading the club out on Souness' request at the FA Cup final, which they beat Sunderland 2-0 to win.
He eventually retired from coaching in 1998, just short of 50 years with the club.
Moran suffered with vascular dementia in his later years and son Paul was involved in a book - Mr Liverpool - that detailed his time with the club and the battles he had been through after his career came to an end.
The book was launched last month in Liverpool on February 28 - his 83rd birthday - but Moran was too ill to attend.