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David Lloyd: The Autobiography: Anything but Murder [Hardcover]

David Lloyd , Alan Lee
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15 May 2000

In what promises to be the most eagerly awaited cricket book for some years, former England coach David Lloyd tells the full story about his time in charge of a struggling team, his clashes with authority and the difficult characters he has managed in his career.

For three turbulent and frequently controversial years, David Lloyd has suffered the diatribe of press and public alike as coach to an England team that has become the laughing stock of world cricket.

His autobiography is not your run-of-the-mill celebratory jaunt through a trophy-laden career in sport. It is a warm, witty yet painstakingly honest appraisal of Lloyd’s attempts to rebuild a tarnished England team, to raise morale and strive to modernise what had become an outdated approach to playing the game in this country.

His was not a smooth or straightforward assignment. He clashed repeatedly with the counties in his efforts to change the structure of the game, he was hounded by the press for his less than subtle style of man-management, and he was severely reprimanded more than once by the England Cricket Board over his passionate outbursts in defence of his team.

Accounts of these political battles alongside his remarkable frankness in recalling his relationship with key personnel – Phil Tufnell, Andy Caddick, Nasser Hussain and Graham Gooch to name a few – provide a fascinating and at times damning picture of the strengths and weaknesses of cricket in this country.

Now, as he contemplates a future in television commentary, all the stories that could never be told while he was in the England job can be revealed once and for all.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Willow (15 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002189526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002189521
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former England cricket coach David Lloyd answers some of the nagging questions that all fans of the sport have asked themselves since his decision to stand down from the post in 1999. Three years in one of sport's most pressurised jobs left Lloyd--affectionately known as Bumble--to become vastly disillusioned at the hierarchical nature of English cricket's upper echelons. Lloyd's time, he writes, was being taken up more and more by the politics surrounding the sport--something which interested him much less than the more traditional day-to-day coaching side of the job. The former Lancashire batsman--and later coach of the same club--took over as boss of the national side in 1996 and set about the task of rebuilding the confidence in English cricket right down to grass roots level. But little did he know what would stand in his way. While it is true that Lloyd did not help his cause--with his forthright and frank rather than diplomatic attitude--it is clear his path to success was blocked deliberately, and the Accrington lad even goes so far as to say he feels he was 'treated like a naughty schoolboy'. This book is a frank and enlightening account of Bumble's three years in charge of England--and will clear up some of the up to now unanswered questions thrown up by his decision to quit as national coach. --Andrea Thursday


‘He’s never been slow to speak his mind, often at a cost’
Daily Telegraph

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5.0 out of 5 stars David Lloyd strikes a hit again. 29 Jun 2010
This was purchased as a Fathers Day present for my father. He is thoroughly enjoying this book. He says its (along with the previous David Lloyd book) the best book he has read in years and at almost 90 years I should think that would be quite a large amount, as at one time he was quite an intense reader. One of our best ideas for him I believe. Thoroughly reccomend these books as a brilliant read for all those lifelong cricket/Accrington Stanley fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good honest stuff 30 May 2000
David Lloyd has never been anything less than transparently honest with both his feelings and opinions, and whilst this has perhaps not always served him well when coaching engalnd, it makes for a very entertaining and often illuminating read He is suprisingly candid about a number of current and recent England players and it is very clear that many peoples suspicions that it has not always been a happy camp are well founded. Refreshingly he is also clear minded about the shortcomings of the game in general during the early part of his career and there is none of the "in my day rubbish" we are so often subjected to by players of his generation. His views are worth noting and the anecdotes often excellent. This is a good read and a very interesting comparison to Bob woolmer's also excellent recent book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Aug 2013
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Thoroughly enjoying the book. Easy to read and well written. David is quite a character, says just what he thinks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bumble the great! 15 July 2013
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Recommended reading for all cricket fans. I like his sense of humour and while he was clearly a good cricketer he never became a great one.He has developed his own career with Sky and is a joy to listen to as he comes up with asides about holiday to France and having his lawnmower stolen etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible service yet again 21 Aug 2010
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I will not beat about the bush, but to simply say fantastic service from Amazon yet again with this book. It arrived two days before the first due date and in better condition than specified, superb and would recommend a service like Amazon and all their merchants to anyone.
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