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The Gaffer: The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager
 
 

The Gaffer: The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager [Kindle Edition]

Neil Warnock
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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For the very first time, and straight from the horse's mouth, a top manager's intriguing insights into the daily trials and tribulations, the joyous peaks and soul-destroying troughs of life as as a football 'gaffer'.

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Ever wondered how a transfer deal is done? What a manager says during his pre-match team-talk? What he screams from the techincal area? What goes on in training sesions, and on those long away trips? How a manager carefully builds a team, and what he does when the planning is disrupted by injuries? How he lifts a team after a crushing defeat, and keeps their feet on the ground after a resounding victory? How the man in charge handles the ever-present danger of getting sacked in the ultimate results business? In short, how one of today's top professional footballer managers somehow copes with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, with having to live, breathe and sleep football 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? Then read The Gaffer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755362772
  • Publisher: Headline (6 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABLJ1X0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On the whole a good read 22 Jun 2013
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Starts well but loses its way towards the end.

Having always had a soft spot for Mr Warnock I decided to buy this book.

It provides a fascinating insight in to the world of football however there are too many instances where the author 'blows sunshine out of his backside'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 19 Jun 2013
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Very good book and look into neil Warnock and what he is like in management and his handling of the last 3 clubs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful read 15 Jun 2013
By Paul
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Warnock doesn't seem to have an axe to grind, his communication style is clear and simple, making the book accessible to all.
He communicates a lot on player personalities, with a reputation as a man-motivator you can tell he's got an eye for people and is able to quickly form an opinion of what makes people tick. His commentary on the Terry affair is helpful in clearing up what happened.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It wo' a crackin read!" 4 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover
Where to start on this scriptual masterpiece?

I think the most revealing chapter is the Leeds United chapter - read about what really happened with Luciano Becchio (long and short of it, he wasn't Browneh or Tongeh) and how many ridiculous cliches he used in interviews (I think they're rounded down to the nearest ten thousand).

I particularly enjoyed the chapter "Amy's anecdotes" too - a couple of pearls of wisdom from Neil's daughter. Her thoughts on Wembley, deadline day, using a false 9 and the best marker pens to use on tactics boards are incredible.

If you've ever wondered about what the life of a manager who had success in the 80s and tried to replicate that 25 years later is like (and a few tips on how to drive a tractor as well), this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what the fans want 24 Jun 2013
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Good honest straight talking that gives a football fan some idea of life
as a manager.
just what I expected

Cheers Neil
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable... 16 Jun 2013
By Chris g
Format:Hardcover
Quite a good insight into Neil Warnocks career & what some of the 'pampered' footballers of today are like!

And yes, while Neil is a 'marmite' character his honesty shows in this book.
I was pleased to meet him at a recent book signing, where he was happy and relaxed & had time for the fans.
The book has kept me entertained for the last few days, and love him or loath him at least read the book THEN comment!
While I didn't like the initial idea of him managing my local team, he did, and gave us some success.
For that I'm grateful.

I hope the book does well for him & he enjoys his retirement, he's worked long & hard for it!

Good luck Neil.
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Worth reading if only for the insight of what problems a manager has that us fans don't appreciate. Love him or loathe him prior to reading this book, I'm sure most people will end up at least admiring Warnock for what he has achieved throughout his career, especially when you read of some of the things he has had to deal with.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INFORMATIVE, FASCINATING 12 Jun 2013
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Reading the other reviews here it is obvious that Neil Warnock is marmite - the manager you love to hate when his team plays yours but conversely somebody you know will get your own team organised, structured and winning games if he is in charge of your own club. The football might well be limited and fairly unsophisticated but he gets the most out of what he has and his teams aren't half organised.

More importantly he has been a manager for over 30 years so he has been at the forefont of so many changes in how the game is played, how footballers' attitudes have changed and how the manager's job has evolved.

Yes of course this book is opinionated and yes, there is generally another scapegoat when things go wrong but this book provides a wonderfully evocative and thorough insight into the trials and tribulations of how a manager has to cope with the modern day footballer and his temperament as well as all the outside influences.

Yes, just like Simon Jordan's book you need to take some things with a pinch of salt but the book is well put together, has captured NW's voice perfectly and is never less than fascinating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine
A pretty good book
Published 2 days ago by L. Nolan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Honest interesting accounts from Warnock - don't agree with all of his ways but enjoyed book none the less - interesting insights
Published 5 days ago by louise belston
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to put down
A great read, I looked forward to each page however so much was missing. Who is Neil Warnock? Where is he from? How did he get into football? Family and so on.
Published 22 days ago by Russell jones
4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING
I listen to Neil on talk sport and I enjoyed this insight into the world of football management
I wish him luck for the future
Published 22 days ago by Neil Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Neil Warnock
Frank writing about the highs and lows of football management. Did get the impression all the problems were caused by someone else and not Neil. Good read though!!
Published 1 month ago by Mr. K. W. Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good makes you realise how spoiled and pampered the modern footballer is.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Cochrane
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
A Pretty good effort, but I would have preferred to hear more about his early days in non league and less about the modern game, but nether the less it was still entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Regina Falange
4.0 out of 5 stars Legend
Thank you Neil for the book the memories come on you superhoops! Best season of my life really intriguing read
Published 1 month ago by anna cairns
5.0 out of 5 stars thats why i like him,
typical warnock , says it has he sees it, thats why i like him ,
Published 1 month ago by paul lunn
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gaffer
Never being his greatest fan and always wanting my team to beat his,I was unsure about reading this book . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Arthur C Withers
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