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Bob Paisley [Paperback]

Kenny Dalglish , John Keith
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13 Sep 2001
Bob Paisley...his name stands at the summit of managerial achievement in British football. A stunning array of 19 trophies in nine seasons in charge of Liverpool was his incredible response to accepting a job he never wanted, that of succeeding the legendary Bill Shankly as Anfield manager. It was a challenge many pundits rated impossible. But Paisley proved he was a reluctant genius by becoming a legend himself and outstripping Shankly's deeds and every other manager in the history of the British national game. This authorised biography by broadcaster John Keith has been written with the co-operation of the Paisley family. It traces his life from his humble beginnings in a North East pit village, his wartime experiences, his playing days at Anfield and the time he spent as Shankly's right-hand man. With a foreword by Kenny Dalglish and reflections and reminiscences from a wide variety of soccer legends, including Kevin Keegan, Billy Liddell, Alan Hanson and many others, this is the definitive, compelling story of a unique manager.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; New edition edition (13 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186105436X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861054364
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Broadcaster, author and journalist John Keith spent more than 30 years on the Daily Express northern sports desk. He currently hosts the BBC Radio Merseyside Saturday phone-in, and covers football for Ireland's national radio service, RTE.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Mark O
John Keith's masterpiece presents us with a fascinating insight into the life of arguably the greatest footballing icon of the 20th Century.
Books about football are often only revered by fans of the game, but there are exceptions to everything and this is a great example. Needless to say, enthusiasts of Liverpool FC will cherish this book more than others might, but that's simply the difference between fantastic and sublime.
John Keith describes to us, with no lack of detail, the way in which this humble miner's son from a small village in County Durham works his way up from nothingness to achieve his dream- only through sheer determination and a fantastic passion for football. A delightful lesson for anyone on the importance of aspirations, and the description of a perfect role-model for the younger generation. One needn't read past the first 20 or so pages, including a heart-warming foreword by Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish, before one appreciates the respect and admiration the late Robert Paisley deserves.
Naturally, a book on this theme has a tremendous amount of football history packed in, and the author writes so convincingly about the merits of Mr. Paisley that even the most ardent of Manchester United fans would be persuaded that Paisley warrants far more the accolade of Manager of the Millennium than any of his rivals- Sir Alex Ferguson and Bill Nicholson to name but two. His nine-year stint as manager saw the collection of 3 European Cups and 6 League championships as well as another 10 trophies for the cabinet. The experience notched up in between his playing and managerial careers, as coach, physiotherapist and assistant to Bill Shankly is superbly dictated by John Keith, but he doesn't stop there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about a great manager 9 Jan 2001
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This is a biography of the one of themost succesful manager in English football. It begins by telling about the background of the man and if there were any factors there that shaped his later successes. We follow him through his experiences in the Second World War, and we get to read about his debut as a player for Liverpool FC (6 years after he signed on as a player). His partnership with Bill Shankly is also covered, as well as some amusing stories of the man. Finally when Shankly quits as manager of LFC does Paisley become manager of LFC, a job he didn't want at first. There are quotes from his players about what they thought of him and about their own experience working for Paisley. This book is wll written, the text is easy to read and is understandable, its not a dry summation of facts but it has a lot of amusing stories in between. In fact I would recommend this book to all football fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the manager of the century 8 Sep 2003
There is german word which is so applicable to the late great Bob Paisley: Fingerspetzgefuhl!
The knack to be able to make the right decisions almost every time and surely that is an adjective that can be applied to Bob, if any one.
Not having the same budget as the later knighted Alex Ferguson, Bob Paisley turned Liverpool into a winning machine of the 70ies and 80ies.
This book gives a great account of the great man who most certainly should have received the knighthood, well ahead of Alex Ferguson! But then again, down-to-earth Bob would probably not have cared for any gongs or titles as long as his team kept winning!
The greatest manager NOT to have been given the right reward for his great services to Liverpool FC, to Reds all over the world, to the city of Liverpool and in extent to English football in general!
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