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Sunderland: A Club Transformed [Hardcover]

Jonathan Wilson
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16 Aug 2007
After just a handful of games this season Sunderland were looking early favourites for the drop into League One, despite the arrival of the 'returning messiah' Niall Quinn, who headed up the consortium that had just bought the club. When he took the decision to appoint Roy Keane as manager, most predicted a storm. Instead, out went half the first team, and Sunderland went on to lift the Championship and head off into the 'promised land' of the Premiership. Wilson tells the story not only of Sunderland's astonishing turnround, but also the transformation of their manager. As a player Keane was notoriously critical of shortcomings in his team-mates. Yet as a manager, he has inspired his side and seems a natural in the role, thanks to his razor sharp wit and insight. In the course of covering the Championship for the Independent and Independent on Sunday, Jonathan Wilson (himself a Mackem) has followed Sunderland's rise closely. Here he not only probes behind the scenes at The Stadium of Light, and brings an in-depth analysis to the club's achievement, he also celebrates one of the most remarkable seasons in the club's history. It is a football story as dramatic as any of recent years.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (16 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752891170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752891170
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jonathan Wilson is the Football Correspondent of the Financial Times and author of the critically acclaimed 'Behind the Curtain: Football in Eastern Europe' and 'Inverting the Pyramid'. Coming in time for the 2010 World Cup is 'The Anatomy of England', an in-depth look at ten crucial games that shaped England.

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MAGAZINES: Review in FOUR FOUR TWO Review to run in SUNDERLAND FC MAGAZINE Review to run in A LOVE SUPREME (SAFC FANZINE) IRISH PR: News story on books pages of IRISH INDEPENDENT on 21 July Interview with Joanthan in IRISH EXAMINER Interview and news story in EVENING HERALD on 21 July Interview on Newstalk 106 Tuesday 14th August Interview on THE IRISH WORLD Wednesday 8th August Interview on TODAY FM, THE LAST WORD Monday 13th August NATIONAL RADIO: Interview on BBC WORLD SERVICE SPORT on 17 August ONLINE: Reviews on THE SUN ONLINE, SQUARE FOOTBALL and SKY SPORTS ONLINE.

About the Author

Jonathan Wilson is the Football Correspondent of the Financial Times and author of the critically acclaimed 'Behind the Curtain: Football in Eastern Europe'. He is also writing a history of football tactics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars safc ok 1 Oct 2012
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I always enjoy reading a book about Sunderland which highlights some of their successes- as a long suffering supporter its always good to recall some o good times amidst much of the mediocrity suffered during my 50+years on this earth.
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