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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 55 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 Oct. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ES7WPV8
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Sir Alex always maintained this was a book for the fans; fans who had remained steadfast with United and were owed an explanation of the gaps remaining in the journey of the last 26 years. And I found this was so. It is written in such a way as to be conversational, not great literary prose, but solid, honest words which every United fan would understand. He deals with his own errors of judgement and his drive to maintain a high standard, recognising early on that no man was greater than the club.
This is a book of Sir Alex's personal view of his time in charge and he lays everything out for a reader to digest. His dealings with Keane, Beckham, van Nistlerooy and his comments about Gerrard, Chelsea, Liverpool and all the rest from the headlines were not as reported. Even Wayne Rooney would find more praise than he may deserve - though he remains on the brink of becoming one of The Manchester United Greats, should he chose to [I hope he does]. I found the comments full, sound and robust, but not unfair. This is not a book about training methods and the technicalities of the game, though there are enough references as to tactics of particular games, or years, but a filling in of the gaps left unanswered from the last couple of decades.Read more ›
account of Sir Alex's view on players, games and how he manages people.
He would like us to believe that he is a canny judge of character, is an avid
reader and enjoys to chew the fat on a variety of topics. The narrative speaks
about a close knit family, an affection for players that tow the line and a mix
of criticisms of players and himself.
One has to admire Sir Alex's frank approach, yet his reference to players as
boys or lads is clearly patronising. He lets the reader know that part of his
success lies in management by fear and discipline. His main weapon being
punishment. That of removing the right to play being the primary weapon.
Throughout the book, one has to remember that the writer is providing the
reader with Sir Alex's take on proceedings. While it tells us about the man, this
obviously doesn't help with objectivity. Wise words from a successful and sage
manager do not permeate. We read his candid views, as is. Take it or leave it,
with a pinch of salt. Consequently, criticisms from people he has a go at, are
inevitable from the sensitive.
I never gained the impression from the book that Sir Alex was anything but
a sombre, melancholic man, focused on his will to win. He chose his team
of followers to manage the coaching, scouting and information flow and
between them they plotted and planned the downfall of competitors and the
recycling of players to improve the chances winning. Authority, respect,
compliance and loyalty is absolute in the Ferguson factory.Read more ›
On top of this, a great deal of what he writes could be written by anyone with a decent knowledge of the club. Constant references such as "we went to Wimbledon and won 3-0 but Rooney was a bit off form" are not terribly exciting. In fact, you get far better analysis in the newspapers. These mundane facts litter the book and give us no real insight at all into what really goes on behind the scenes.
Nonetheless, all the anecdotes and side-stories are interesting and I never felt like not finishing it! Just don't expect him to stay terribly close to the chapter title or to any theme for any length of time or in anything other than superficial depth.
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Sir Alex Ferguson. A hero. A legend. An extraordinary manager of Manchester United. Interesting biography with a look behind the scenary of one of the most famous and important... Read morePublished 1 day ago by frankie26
Informative and interesting read and very good insight into the day to day running if one of the biggest clubsPublished 13 days ago by Dean Wright