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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224091816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224091817
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A frank and brutal insight into why football and business don't mix" (Theo Paphitis)

"One hell of a read" (Sport Magazine)

"Bad luck and bad decisions make for a page-turning read" (Shortlist magazine)

"Brash, flash and full of bottle-blond ambition" (Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday)

"One of the best football books you will ever read" (Birmingham Post)

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An explosive insight into the previously unseen world of football club ownership by one of the game's most-recognisable figures

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ouzodan on 8 Jun. 2012
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Great book, Jordan doesnt mess about showing up Chairman, Managers, Players and Agents for the Mercenary rubbish they are, a truly interesting insight into the goings on at all Football Clubs not just at Palace.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By KJ44 on 8 Jun. 2012
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I'd say it was "unputdownable" as a Palace fan, but after an entire evening I needed sleep, so I had to put it down just the once.

You don't have to like him, or you may even think he's just too orange, but you'll enjoy this book. There are genuine laugh out loud bits, jaw-dropping parts, and after a baptism of fire with the f-word you get used to the direct language and the bloke's character.

You never know, one day Simon Jordan might show football what "bouncebackability" really means.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookishE on 29 Aug. 2012
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Picked this book on Kindle whilst on holiday for no other reason than having seen the author some years ago on a 'not very good TV show'(as he says in the book) where he and others gave some of their money away, and having quite liked the way he came across, he seemed like an interesting person. Events described in the book have a ring of truth about them, and the tale held my interest, despite all the exclamation marks! And some repetition! And Simon has left some loose ends. I read it in a couple of sittings and learnt a lot about how football operates (awful), got to know some of the personalities that I see on the telly from time to time (managers and footballers), shared his disappointment at losing youth academy proteges to predatory managers and to the inevitable lure of money. Laughed out loud more than once, shook my head at the wasted money and the somewhat chaotic personal life running alongside. All in all I'm happy to have contributed towards rebuilding the Jordan fortune by buying this book, especially as there was a lot of bad luck involved in terms of timing. Shoulda woulda coulda... And I'm sure at some time, there will be a Part Two.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Darwell-taylor on 5 Jun. 2012
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Ok, he can be a bit of **** at times, but you gotta love his attitude to life and honesty in his book. It's hugely entertaining and so refreshing to read a biog from someone who is not frightened to say what he thinks.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By G. Waterman on 6 Jun. 2012
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Simon Jordan really doesn't care who he might upset or get on the wrong side of.

He has a great sense of his own worth and infallibility and once you recognise this and take him with a pinch of salt then this book is a lot of fun, totally indiscreet and packed full of great stories.

Highly recommended and once you strip out the ego and hyperbole there are also some serious points to be made about the trials and tribulations of owning a football club.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eggytheeagle on 21 Jun. 2012
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This is truly a no holds barred insight into the world of football, and how it is run.

I'm sure every football fan questions the running of its club and some of its signings and stories from time to time, and this book really opens your eyes to the closed shop mentality of football, and how it really can be jobs for the boys. Simon Jordan tried to make football, and his club Crystal Palace, more professional and business minded, but often fought a lone battle.

A fascinating and entertaining read that is hard to put down, Jordan admits his mistakes, but also demonstrates a determination to succeed at all costs, most notably his. The most honest account of life inside football I've ever read, Jordan doesn't take any prisoners and makes his views on individuals in the game very clear. Presumably his side of the story is pretty accurate, otherwise he'll be spending a lot more time in court!!

By the end of the book you cannot help but like and respect the man, and agree with a lot of his views. Football is a less interesting and colourful (and not just orange) game without him. A great read and highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Fawcett on 12 Jun. 2012
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As an ardent Crystal Palace fan, I couldn't put this book down. I always enjoyed listening to what Simon Jordan had to say. I know I would never have been sufficiently brave to take the business risks that he took. I wouldn't have believed what he said about some of the relationships, but when you reflect on what happened, it all made sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Dempsey on 1 Sept. 2012
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As a Liverpool fan and not a keen reader (I only read when i have to), i purchased this book on a whim, I read it in 3 or 4 sittings. It gave a frank insight into the cut throat industry that is football and the disparity between what Simon Jordan says about some of the characters in the book and the image we perceive in the short extracts we see of them in press conferences etc. This suggests that what we as deciples of the game are led to believe is all for show.

This book had me in stitches at times. My favourite extract is the dialogue between Steve Coppell and Simon Jordan regarding the non-appearance of their new marquee signing Neil "Razor" Ruddock after a 6-0 drubbing against their rivals Milwall. . . . utter genius!

To summarise, an brilliant read which should appeal to all football fans with any interest in what goes on behind the scenes
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