Football: Kendall buying survival kit

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Howard Kendall, the Everton manager, has put into operation his well-used survival plans with two new men in, one out and a promise of more changes to come.

Kendall will have Mitch Ward, initially on loan, in his squad at Chelsea tonight when Everton hope to end their dire record of failing to win away in the League since December as well as trying to move off the bottom of the table.

Kendall has set up a deal that will bring Ward, permanently, and the defender Carl Tiler from his old club, Sheffield United, with Graham Stuart plus pounds 500,000 going in the opposite direction.

It is the beginning of a Kendall policy of signing tried and trusted players who have worked for him before to get a club out of the relegation mire.

Kendall arrived at Manchester City in 1989 to take over a club in an identical position to Everton's current one.

Despite much abuse from the Maine Road fans who thought he was pursuing an old pals act, Kendall signed Peter Reid, Adrian Heath, Wayne Clarke, Alan Harper and Neil Pointon, who had all served him admirably in the past, to haul City to survival.

Kendall agreed terms with Ward and Tiler before departing for the Chelsea game, while Stuart was finalising his side of the deal in discussions with Nigel Spackman."There will be more new signings, if I can find the right sort of players to come here," Kendall said.