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This is a very misleading spin on a book that you don't appear to have read...
Nevin's tone throughout the book is laid-back, laconic and critical (were justified ) of both himself and his experience of the clubs he played for. He talks about Everton and HK because that was a significant part of this experience. Nevin has never shies away from critical reflection, regardless of who is trying to appeal to. Much of his intended audience will be in Scotland and among Celtic supporters and believe me, some of his comments on his experience of the club of hilarious and brutal.
I am more than aware of alcoholism and the devastation effects it has on the individual and those around them.
I dislike the fact that Nevin shows no respect for the man. We all knew Howard was suffering, but so were many many others in football circles ..... did Nevin mention Ray Wilkins alcoholism or Kerry Dixons gambling addiction or Speedies name being taken down over racism ? ? I suspect he choose Howard out of bitterness and knows full well he cannot offend Chelsea fans as they are his target audience for book sales and afterdinner talks.