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Harry Redknapp: My Autobiography [Hardcover]

Jamie Redknapp , Harry Redknapp , Derek McGovern
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2 Nov 1998

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.



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  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: CollinsWillow; 1st edition (2 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002188724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002188722
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With West Ham comfortably settled in the top half of the Premiership at the time of writing, their manager's story provides an enjoyable illustration of the game since the sixties. Harry Redknapp's tale never wanders too far from the subject of the game itself, but manages to keep a down-to-earth flavour, as one might expect from a man born and bred in East London.

At West Ham during the sixties, Redknapp played with some of the era's most illustrious stars, including the late, incomparable Bobby Moore. But the game has moved on, and Redknapp's career unfolds against this background. Son Jamie, one of today's millionaire players, with a pop-star wife to match, brings a useful counterpoint to father Harry's earlier experiences. Redknapp senior puts it all into perspective, relating the tale of his near- fatal motor accident sustained in Italy following the 1990 World Cup. His co-passenger, a close friend, lost his life. Harry, however, lived to tell his tale and one should be grateful for that. Stories of managerial life with Bournemouth and West Ham are told with candour, and no little self- justification on issues surrounded by controversy at the time. Redknapp admits to mistakes, such as bringing the "foreign legion" to Upton Park in 1996, but explains the motivation behind them. Sharp observations on many of his contemporaries are mixed with humorous anecdotes, and the now almost obligatory references to drinking and gambling in football. Not everything moved on during Redknapp's time in football after all. --Trevor Crowe

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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 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 his son, Jamie, a quality player for Liverpool and England who is engaged 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 offers an unique perspective on the world of English football.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read with a some interesting tales... 22 Dec 1998
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If someone had asked me what I thought Harry would come across before I read the book I wouldnt have been far off and I dont think 99% of footballing folk would be either. Harry is as straightforward and honest as he appears. He is not a quiet thinker and master tactician like Wenger or a loud been there done it like Fergie, Harry plays it as he sees it and it doesnt work every time. Strangely, as a Hammers season ticket holder for 20 years, I found the tales of skullduggery in the lower leagues far more interesting than those from the Hammers camp, maybe because I already knew most of the West Ham tales (sometimes from the other side of the coin). The book seems to follow no path and seems off the cuff but I guess thats how Harry is. His praise of Jamie maybe goes a bit ott as I think he may under acheive just as Harry says he himself did but then Harry is a proud father. I would say the only person Harry isnt always honest with is himself. He tends to take the plaudits for getting Hartson and Kitson but wants to take no real blame for Booger, Beachamp or Radiciou. As all proceeds go to lukemea charity (a brilliant gesture in this day for someone no where near as comfortable as the likes of Dalglish and co) I say go and buy it, you wont burn too many brain cells and it will make you laugh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Geezer 3 Mar 1999
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This book is one of the better football autobiographies around at the minute. Redknapp pulls no punches and tells it like it is in the world of football managent. His tale of swooping for Paolo Futre under Jim Smith's nose and a run in with Barry Fry are funny.
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