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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (21 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340937211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340937211
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A fund of well-told anecdotes. (Telegraph)

One striking theme of his books is that this is a man who has rolled up his sleeves at every level of the game and relished it. (The Times)

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The former maverick manager of Sheffield United exclusively reveals the story of his life in football.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 12 Aug 2007
Format: Hardcover
Neil Warnock is one of football's most colourful characters. In this book you get a pretty good idea of his dry wit, and there's no mistaking the fact the man isn't short of a sense of humour. However what does become apparent more than ever is the lack of reason or accountability for his own actions. His honesty within the book is not in doubt, but there are moments where he proves himself to be a hypocrite, always blaming the opposition managers for any fall outs he has had with them, even after often admitting that he set out to wind them up initially.
Certainly an interesting read, but if you're one of the many that find Mr Warnock hard to stomach then this is unlikely to endear him to you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pepito on 29 Aug 2007
Format: Hardcover
Whilst I can understand the criticism levelled by previous reviewers about Warnock's inability to criticise himself, I found my generally positive view of him confirmed and increased by the book. I think being a football manager requires a huge amount of self-confidence, and he certainly has that in spades, which inevitably means that analysing where he went wrong does not come naturally. Nonetheless, when you read this and look at how much he achieved with little or no money at clubs like Scarborough, Notts County, Plymouth and even (relative to other clubs of similar stature) Sheff. Utd., you can understand why he feels he should have had the chance to work at bigger clubs.

As a Blades fan, I'm grateful for his achievements, and whilst there may have been failings on his part in the relegation season, I honestly believe the club was discriminated against in the Tevez affair. It's the last section dealing with Warnock's time at Bramall Lane that I naturally found most interesting, and there are plenty of insights into behind the scenes incidents and personalities, with his clashes with other managers particularly entertaining.

As you would expect, Warnock is not afraid to criticise anyone, from refs to players to managers or the FA, but this bombast is balanced by his sense of humour and love and enthusiasm for (most of) the clubs he managed and for the game in general. He is clearly a masterful motivator of players and (when not deliberately winding up opposing managers) a genuinely nice bloke.

Love him or loath him, football would be a duller sport without Neil Warnock, and his book is every bit as entertaining as you would imagine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Aug 2007
Format: Hardcover
Neil Warnock clearly has a vibrant sense of humour and there is no doubt that this is an entertaining read. However this is off-set by his delusional opinions and lack of humility. The man is one of those people who cannot ever accept his culpability for anything. So however endearing his droll take on events is you are immediately alienated by his refusal to even consider that he -Neil Warnock - might ever have got something slightly wrong and contributed to whatever disasters befell the teams under his control.
Take Sheffield United's relegation last season. It was other managers failure for fielding weakened teams, referees at fault for being ...well. rubbish referees , the players fault for being poor and tactically naive , conveniently forgetting that it was he that coached them and prepared them for the games . And of course there is The Carlos Tevez affair where he does deserve some sympathy . But having realised where the wind was blowing why did he just not accept the fact and motivate his team to perform instead of consistently whinging , then , they just might have scored enough goals to stay up. The only other caveat it's fair enough to accept is the impact the injury to Rob Hulse had , but you should never rely on one player because if he gets injured........
I am genuinely torn about Warnock , he is amusing, honest and passionate but he is also a fantasist , over opinionated , biased to a deleterious degree, pig headed , and lacking any form of self awareness, making him unable to change in any way. He is also immature at times . I don,t think its right for anybody in his position to find one player head-butting another "hilarious" even if the victim was Marcus Bent . The book as a consequence is a good read in an undemanding way. Its fun but lacks true insight and depth and is as likely to annoy as much as anything else and in that respect it's a perfect reflection of its, author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar 2008
Format: Hardcover
I thought that the vast majority - over 90% - of this book was really excellent. The story of Neil Warnocks early life and of his career as a average lower league player is extremely entertaining and his told with a large helping of good humour. Perhaps it is just me, but I find stories about life on the lower rungs of the football ladder to be much more enjoyable than those told by the big names of the Premier League.

When Warnock moves into management the book steps up a further gear as he describes his struggles trying to kick start a succession of under achieving clubs, which I found to be totally engrossing. It should be pointed out that, more often than not, he brought a degree of success to each club and left them in a much healthier state than he found them.

What let the book down to me though, were the later chapters in which he allows the darker side of his nature come to the fore. In these pages he first tells about his deep dislike of various members of the football fraternity. The reader is left in no doubt as to Neil Warnocks opinions of Stan Ternant, Wally Downs and Gary Megson amongst others. He clearly doesn't believe in the expression 'forgive and forget'.

He also devotes a chapter to his favourite people - referees. I don't think he likes them very much and he obviously thinks they don't like him much neither. He is probably right.

The final section is about his last season as Sheffield Utd manager, when to be fair to Mr Warnock, circumstances DID conspire against them to finally condemn them to relegation. The bitterness he feels about the events of that season are clear expressed in this book.

The chances are that before reading this book you wouldn't like Neil Warnock very much and I am not sure that after reading it you will like him any more. You can't argue though that he his a character, so we should be glad that he his around to add a little colour to our increasingly sterile national game.
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