- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Headline (6 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755362772
- ISBN-13: 978-0755362776
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gaffer: The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager Hardcover – 6 Jun 2013
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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".
About the Author
In his 13-year playing career Neil Warnock played for Chesterfield, Rotherham United, Hartlepool United, Scunthorpe United, Aldershot, Barnsley, York City and Crewe Alexandra. In his more than three decades as a manager he has taken charge of Gainsborough Trinity, Burton Albion, Scarborough, Notts County, Torquay United, Huddersfield Town, Plymouth Argyle, Bury, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR and Leeds United. Warnock has enjoyed seven promotions during his managerial career, taking both Sheffield United and QPR into the Premier League.
Glenn Moore, who assisted Neil Warnock with writing The Gaffer, is football editor of The Independent.
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And you do get a good idea of what it's been like for him to be a manager and how things work. He's refreshingly straightforward in his approach: not all referees are terrible; not all agents are evil; not all players are money-grabbers. All good fun.
What a shame, then, that this book has been so poorly written by ghost writer Glenn Moore and, to compound it, that the book has been lazily edited and proofread. Just to pick a couple of examples, Heidar Helguson's first name is spelt wrong for the entire book, apart from on one page, where it was spelt right once, but then wrong again in the next paragraph. Poor Shaun Derry suffers the same fate. Then there's the time Warnock thinks that the QPR Chairman has been trying to sign Stefan Moore. Seeing as QPR had finally got shot of Moore (who had been a very poor signing) two years before Warnock arrived, and by the time this alleged story was taking place he was playing for St Neots somewhere below the football league, the reader is left to assume that the player being referred to was his brother, Luke.Read more ›
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.
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.
I found the book started off quite interesting and ended in disappointment - as you'd expect - at Leeds. I found the QPR bit in the middle a bit long and laborious. I'll readily admit that I nearly abandoned the book halfway through, as the constant whining drove me mad. I think we all know that Taarabt is a bit of a `colourful' character, but the point is drilled home time and time again. It is as if he wants a medal for getting the best out of him.
But you cannot knock the guy's record. He's won seven promotions. I hope he stays in the game, because my team always beat his teams (1-3 at Gigg Lane, 1-4 Bramhall Lane, 1-3 Loftus Road and 1-6 Leeds). Thanks for the points Neil!
The book is a must for a QPR fan, as it does go into detail about how the club is run.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting read. Gives a good insight into the trials and tribulations of being a football manager. I enjoyed it.Published 18 days ago by michael longstaff
Great book for anyone remotely interested in football or football management.
Purchased as a gift and greatly appreciated
Neil Warnock is generally a controversial manager so it was interesting reading some of his points. Sometimes I felt he over elaborated but all in all definitely worth a read...Published 4 months ago by John Buey
neil at his most controversial best, his likes and dislikes good coverage of both.Published 4 months ago by derek delboy
Enjoyed this book someone who tells the truth about over paid footballers and penny pinching chairmen a proper footie managerPublished 10 months ago by paul bulmer28
Just likeyou would imagine Neil Warnocks career to pan out. Great read fantastic insight into his career. Highly recommended one not to missPublished 11 months ago by MR T ALLEN
If you like football this makes for a good read. One of the real football characters that will be missed. Of course everything that happens is not Neils fault!Published 11 months ago by patrick james turley
Good read if you have followed football in the last 25 years. Loved him at huddersfield for his passion and honestyPublished 12 months ago by nick carter