Interview: Former PFA Chairman “I almost killed Roman Abramovich”

17 May 2021

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Photo: Alamy Pat Nevin, former player of Chelsea, Everton and Tranmere, working as a commentator for BBC back in 2012 when Ajax Amsterdam played Manchester United.

Pat Nevin was a leading PFA member and chairman when wage settlements that make today’s players millionaires was agreed.

Nevin says that wages have gone too far in the favour of footballers.

Former Everton and Chelsea winger served as Motherwell CEO and would like to see more players follow that path.

Now a popular broadcaster, Nevin recalls the day he came face to face with Roman Abramovich in unexpected circumstances.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

In a hotel room at Stamford Bridge, Pat Nevin is telling me that he always felt Chelsea – the club he played for with distinction between 1983 and 1988 – could have become one of English football’s powerhouses in his playing days.

“We were challengers,” he says. “We had our ups and downs. There was a world where we could have won the league but we ended up sixth both times.”

Chelsea, who next week play their third Champions league final in 13 years, spent the 1980s yo-yoing between divisions.

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