‘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.
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 and writes a weekly column for the Liverpool Echo.
"The semi final second leg against Bayern Munich is considered by many Evertonians as the greatest night in Goodison Park’s history. It was an unforgettable, balmy April evening in which 50,000 Evertonians crammed into the old stadium. The atmosphere was breathtaking. Electric. I have never heard such noise.
"At the final whistle the scenes were incredible. I stood there trancelike as 50,000 supporters cheered and celebrated and sang the name of the club we loved. I have never experienced such a high from a football match. The Bayern staff and players couldn’t seem to believe what had happened. Inside the tunnel the Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness complained, ‘That was not football, you are crazy men.’
"Afterwards I headed into Liverpool with some journalists and reflected on a hugely momentous night in my life and career. Back at home when my children came downstairs the following morning they found me and a journalist replaying a recording of the game. There was no way I could have slept that night, with the adrenalin surging through my veins. I’m not sure if anything has ever lived up to that experience."
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.
Posted by Alan Austin on 10th Mar 2016
A fabulous read and insight to a football greats personal memoirs of the beautiful game and the people in it.
Posted by Patricia Beesley on 30th Oct 2015
We are a family who have supported Everton all our lives and well remember the great times under Howard and what he did for our Club. Sad to see hear of his death but glad he was so well thought of by his piers. Wrote to him to thank him when he left our Club for Spain and he to0k time to write back and thank me. Truly a gentleman and a legend and a man of the people. Bought book for my son as a gift and he will treasure it, particularly as it is signed by the great man.