Ghosts on the Wall is the official biography of one of Liverpool Football Club's greatest ever servants, Roy Evans. Born in Bootle in 1948, Evans developed talents in athletics and cricket as a youth, but it was in football that his real passions lay. Evans attracted the attention of many First Division club managers while playing for England's schoolboys team in the early 1960s and legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly stepped in to sign him in 1965. While the mid-'60s was an exciting time to play for Liverpool, it was also very challenging and Evans found it hard to break into the first team on a regular basis, managing only 11 sporadic appearances before his playing career stuttered to a halt. Following Shankly's shock resignation in 1974, Evans was then given the opportunity to rejuvenate his ailing career as a member of the back room staff. It was here that he really made his mark, taking the reserve team to seven Central League titles in nine years and coming of age as a coach and trainer, emerging as an invaluable member of the legendary Boot Room.
However, the disasters of the 1980s and the associated decline in the club's fortunes meant that the resignation of manager Graeme Souness in 1994 left the incoming manager facing an exciting challenge - to return the club to its glory days. Roy Evans, 'the last of the Shankly lads', was handed his date with destiny. While the Reds did not win another League Championship under Evans' charge, neither did they finish any lower than fourth, and Evans' commitment to developing future Liverpool stars such as Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen ensured that he would not become another 'ghost on the wall' at Anfield. Now, for the first time, Evans reveals the inside story of life as a member Liverpool's famous Boot Room. He recollects his close working relationships with Reds legends from Shankly to Houllier and, in doing so, provides a vivid portrait of operations at the celebrated club over four action-packed decades.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 25 mm