The hugely entertaining autobiography of one of the most popular and highly respected managers in the English Football League.
Mention West Ham United FC and the name Harry Redknapp immediately springs to mind. The Hammers’ boss is an institution in the game; his experience of English football in the nineties from the perspective of one club is unsurpassed.
His was a controversial appointment, as he took over as manager at West Ham in 1994 to succeed former favourite Billy Bonds. But Redknapp broke the mould: he was one of the first Premiership managers to recruit heavily from abroad, and he gives a refreshing insight into how such players as Raduciou, Dani, Porfirio and other foreign buys adjusted – or in many cases, failed – to adapt to the frenetic pace and unique culture of English football.
More recently he has proved a shrewd investor in British talent, with the likes of Hartson, Berkovic, Lomas and Sinclair ensuring that the Hammers are riding high in the Premiership and looking to return to European competition in 1998/99.
Away from football, Redknapp recalls his narrow escape from a near-fatal car accident in 1990 and the unique relationship with son, Jamie, a quality player for Liverpool and England who is married to pop star Louise.
Featuring insights into controversial takeover plans for West Ham by millionaire racehorse owner Michael Tabor, and Redknapp’s own reaction to the FA ban on betting, this book is sure to be an eye-opener to the world of English football.