PAT NEVIN was axed by Chelsea for club media duties – with no explanation given.
The Blues legend, 60, wrote columns for the website and matchday programme for 13 years, totalling around 750 articles.
He also helped out with co-commentaries for Chelsea’s in-house media.
But the part-time DJ was not told that his services were surplus to requirements over the summer when the decision was made.
And it was not until later that Nevin was informed via a message that the call had been made “higher up” to remove his written role – with no clarification on his commentaries although he has not done any this season.
Nevin told The Telegraph: “There are no bad feelings, you just shrug your shoulders and move on.
“A few people have told me I should be angry about the way I found out, but that’s not me. I’ve never really been like that.
“I’ve got no high expectations just because I played for the club or anything like that. You do a job and then you don’t.”
However, the club’s website still says Nevin “remains a supporter and is a contributor to the website and matchday magazine”.
The Telegraph report adds that Nevin has been invited to the club’s Christmas lunch on Friday alongside various “deeply important” former players.
Nevin played 242 games for the club between 1983 and 1988 before joining Everton.
One former Chelsea employee allegedly suggested the club may review the call on Nevin’s shock exile.
Nevin insisted the previous owner, Roman Abramovich, “let me get on with” the columns – despite nearly killing the Russian billionaire in a freak incident in Scotland.
However, he came under far stricter and stronger scrutiny since the Todd Boehly-led Clearlake Capital takeover in 2022.
The former winger was not forced to remove anything from his copy, though.
Nevin continues to work as a popular pundit for the BBC with both 5 Live and the BBC Sport website.
In his column for the Beeb earlier in November, he did take aim at the new owners by criticising the transfer policy’s lack of success in attack.
Nevin – who ironically released his second book Football And How To Survive It this year – wrote: “For all the possession stats, chances created and positive expected goals, 18 months on and it is the same old story for the ‘all-new Clearlake Chelsea’.
“Around £1billion spent and they still can’t field a fit regular goalscorer.”