'The best manager I ever worked with.’
- Neville Southall
‘The glory of Kendall the boss must not be allowed to overshadow the attainments of Kendall the footballer. He was one of Everton’s finest.’
- Ivan Ponting
Limited edition of 200. 330pp. 235 x 191mm. Signed by Howard Kendall. Price: £25.
Howard Kendall is one of the greats of English football management and among the defining figures in the history of Everton Football Club. A schoolboy prodigy footballer, he first joined the club from Preston in 1967, forming – with Alan Ball and Colin Harvey – one of the most distinguished midfield partnerships ever witnessed in the English game. He won the League Championship in 1970 and later captained the club. He returned to Goodison as manager in 1981, reviving Everton as they embarked on the most successful period in their history.
Everton, Kendall said, was like a marriage, while other clubs he served – including Athletic Bilbao and Manchester City –were mere love affairs. Now he lifts the lid on a 30-year career that established his reputation as a managerial and playing legend.
Forthright, revealing and often very funny, Kendall’s long-awaited autobiography reveals his epic love affair with the game he served with such distinction, tracing the highs and lows, the characters, the laughter, the tears, and the many triumphs.
Special Limited Editions
To celebrate publication of Kendall’s autobiography and raise funds for his nominated charities, Everton in the Community and Stick ‘n’ Step, deCoubertin Books have teamed up with leading Liverpool-based creative design agency Milkyone Creative to produce a range of five limited edition versions of his book.
Individually signed by Kendall, these exclusive editions boast original cover artwork and are available only from the decoubertin.co.uk. They are part of the publisher’s pledge to help raise £5000 for each of Howard’s nominated charities.
A minimum of £10 from the sale of each book will be donated to both causes.
Books will be dispatched after the publication date of 19 August 2013 and are all priced at £25 + P&P.
"What makes a side that touches glory go on to actually achieve it? Is there a dividing line between a very good side and a great one? Certainly luck and fate play a role, but I think it can be even less discernable than that: resolve, determination, mentality. I think the main difference between 1968/69 and the following season was simply belief. Just believing that we were the best. If you look at the sides that I managed, you could compare 1968/69 to the 1984/85 season, when we played fantastic football, and 1969/70 to 1986/87, when we utilised a larger squad but dug in for victory.
Certainly we were all aware of our responsibilities to bring the title back to Goodison. We were reminded constantly of people’s expectations.
What will forever stick with me was Bally passing me on the pitch after the title hadbeen secured.
‘What's it like to win it? What's it like to be the best?’
‘It’s brilliant, isn't it?’ I laughed. ‘It’s absolutely brilliant.’"
About the author
Born in Ryton-on-Tyne in 1946, Howard Kendall started his illustrious football career with Preston North End as a 15-year-old wing half and in 1964 became the youngest player to appear in an FA Cup Final. He signed for Everton in 1967 and became one of the club’s greatest players, winning the League Championship and serving as captain. He later played for Birmingham City and Stoke City, before turning to management with Blackburn Rovers. In 1981 he embarked on the first of three managerial spells at Everton, twice winning the League Championship, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup. Kendall was also twice crowned Manager of the Year. He left to join Athletic Bilbao in 1987, interspersing spells back at Goodison with interludes at Manchester City, Notts County and Sheffield United. Named Everton’s Manager of the Millennium, he remains a popular face at Goodison Park until his death in October 2015.
About Everton in the Community
Over the past quarter century Everton in the Community has grown to be one of the most well-respected and pioneering sporting charities in the UK.
It has been at the forefront of its game, challenging health and social issues, including anti-social behaviour, disability, mental health and education. With the generosity of our loyal fan base we can continue to build a stronger, more active community presence – for the next 25 years and beyond.
About Stick ‘n’ Step
Stick 'n' Step provides free specialist conductive education and support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families and carers. We welcome children from all over the North West of England and North Wales.
We fundraise to ensure that our sessions are provided for free.
We were established in 2002 by a group of parents and still pride ourselves on listening to the parents for guidance on development - indeed some of our Trustees are parents with children attending the centre.
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