TRIBUTES have been paid to former Sunderland coach and Everton legend Andy King, who has died at the age of 58.
King, who worked as a coach and scout for Sunderland, died suddenly on Wednesday following a heart attack at his home, announced MK Dons, where he had been working.
King was a member of Peter Reid’s backroom staff at Sunderland and former Black Cats striker Danny Dichio paid his own tribute, via Twitter.
Dichio wrote: “Devastated to hear the sad news of Andy King’s passing away.
“He was a big part of Peter Reid’s back room staff at Sunderland. RIP Kingy”
Reid also paid tribute via social media, tweeting: “RIP mate. Andy King @Everton”.
Devastated to hear the sad news of Andy King’s passing away.Danny Dichio
A statement on the Dons’ official club website, mkdons.com, said: “Milton Keynes Dons Football Club are devastated to learn that chief scout Andy King has suddenly passed away at the age of 58.
“He passed away suddenly after a heart attack at his home on Wednesday.
“King, who joined the Dons’ backroom staff in 2014, was a hugely respected figure throughout football and a magnificent individual and friend to many at MK Dons - he will be missed greatly.
“The thoughts of everyone at MK Dons are with Andy’s wife Barbara, his family and his friends at this extremely sad and difficult time.”
King represented many clubs during his playing career but it is for his two spells with Everton that he is perhaps best remembered, and in particular for his winning goal against Liverpool.
King scored 49 goals in six years between 1976 and 1984 for the Toffees, but none more memorable than the iconic strike that settled the 1978 Merseyside derby that etched his name into Everton folklore.
King managed Waterford, Mansfield, Swindon and Grays Athletic before taking over as caretaker manager of Northampton following Aidy Boothroyd’s departure in late 2013.
He returned to scouting with MK Dons two months later.