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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Harry.........The Truth?
This book appeared in 2013 which was the same year as Redknapp's latest "auto"biography which was ghost-written by the well-known sports and feature journalist Martin Samuel. This book is very different in tone but covers the same events and is written by John Crace who has much in common with the better known Hunter Davies. They are both newspaper columnists and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Making the best out of a bad situation
Publishers March 2012: John, you've got the goahed to wright a Redkhapp book. By the time its out next year, it'll cover the 1st year of the England Manager
Reality April 2013: This book is he biography of the manager of the Premiership's bottom side.
In fairness to the author, he attempts to cover this limitation by intercutting the story of the England job...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Harry.........The Truth?, 23 Mar 2014
This book appeared in 2013 which was the same year as Redknapp's latest "auto"biography which was ghost-written by the well-known sports and feature journalist Martin Samuel. This book is very different in tone but covers the same events and is written by John Crace who has much in common with the better known Hunter Davies. They are both newspaper columnists and feature writers, they are both supporters of Tottenham Hotspur and, most bizarrely, they have both been philatelic columnists. In Davies' case it was about 30 years ago and in the days when his philatelic publication was actually a weekly one (which must really date it!) and in Crace's case his monthly column is still on-going and he manages to mention most months his passion for stamp booklet panes - surely as limited and isolated a passion as collecting bus tickets or the cellophane wrappers of greetings cards.
Many of the same sources for both books are quoted such as John Williams who Redknapp signed for Bournemouth in the days when philately still had a weekly stamp magazine and Redknapp was commencing his career in football managing.
Due to the investigative nature of this book many sources are reluctant to put their heads (and in particular, names) above the parapet. Crace investigates the contradictions of Redknapp's career - wheeler dealer or football genius, hard-edged business man or financial innocent, fiercely ambitious or content to be driven by Kevin Bond from his luxurious Sandbanks mansion in Millionaire's Row to a relatively close football club in London or Hampshire?
As in Redknapp's latest autobiography, the same names occur, Booby Moore, Billy Bonds, Frank Lampard, Peter Crouch, Jermaine Defoe, Steve Claridge, and the same football chairmen who have had success and failure with Redknapp at the helm.
The author finds it difficult to pin Redknapp down - is he tactically naive? simply a master of the one-liner? an expert at giving a soundbite out of an open car window?
Certainly it cannot be denied tat if Redknapp arrives at a club as a director of football or assistant manager then the manager should get ready to vacate his office and car-parking space. The chairman should be prepared for a tumultuous ride which invariably leads to the club where Harry has been employed suffering financial woes - most notably in the cases of Bournemouth and Portsmouth.
Crace comes to the view that Redknapp is one of the game's greatest survivors but the jury is still out as to whether he would have been a successful England manager (he was certainly the public choice as Keegan was but that ended in tears) or whether it would have been a step too far. His trophy cabinet contains very little apart from an FA Cup with Portsmouth and an Associate Members' Cup with AFC Bournemouth. He has never managed at the highest level but undoubtedly is charismatic. This book needs to be read in tandem with his autobiography in which Redknapp tries to justify various issues that Crace addresses such as not appearing to appreciate the genius of Gareth Bale immediately and comparing the scoring potential of his wife with Darren Bent.
Redknapp is undoubtedly an enigma - he is involved in local charitable causes but was one of the first managers to want a percentage of players' fees when sold at a profit - surely that is what the much despised agents collect when they hawk their players around the clubs? This is a fascinating read but it is probably far more difficult to pin Redknapp down than it is to stick a booklet pane into a stamp album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Football genius or wheeler dealer?, 7 Jun 2014
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Whatever Harry Redknapp is, "football genius or wheeler dealer", there is no denying he is one of football's most colourful characters, ideal material for a biography. So what of this one?

Well the book obviously takes you through Harry's long football career but breaks it up a bit with every second chapter looking at Harry's 2012 tax evasion trial and the subsequent period where he was a shoe-in to take over as England manager. The other bit of controversy (again not guilty) looks at bung allegations relating to transfers of Rio Ferdinand and Amdy Faye, although these are just mentions really.

The career chapters take Redknapp from "working-class boy in post-war London" through to his appointment as QPR manager with all the rest in between:

- a quick summary of his playing career where he was unlucky to emerge as a winger when "wingers began to go out of fashion"
- a quick mention of his time as assistant manager to Bobby Moore at Oxford City
- moving to Bournemouth as asssistant to Davvid Webb and Don Megson with a caretaker spell in between (first game a 9-0 loss) before becoming permanent manager
- subsequent managerial spells at West Ham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Portsmouth again, Spurs then that appointment at QPR

Along the way the author tries to bring some insight into the real Harry (the strapline for the book being "inside the mind of Harry Redknapp") but I don't think there is anything here you won't know. There is the talk about how Redknapp "knew a decent footballer when he saw one" and how "some players described him as tactically naive", more about how Harry was in it for himself ("money had always been more attractive to Redknapp than prestige"), and how "when people are caught in his warmth, he makes them feel like world-beaters; but when the light goes out, they feel hurt and a bit lost."

So no new insights here but an interesting book, although I don't know how it compares to the other Harry Redknapp books out there, on a guy who "over the years, has acquired the status of national teasure. Football writers like because he gives 'good quote' and the fans like him because his teams generally play entertaining football."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive Perspective, 17 May 2013
This is a considered and balanced view of 'Arry Redknapp's managerial career. The perspective John Crace brings to the study of Redknapp's trademark successes and failures provides an insight to Redknapp's strengths and weaknesses as a person and a manager. Crace does not fall into the trap of adulation or cynicism at any point and this is more of a study of the outcomes of Redknapp's tenures at various clubs, focusing on the psychological background that seems to produce a common result - great affection and memorable moments for the fan and a sizeable debt for the club. Most interesting is the criticism of his man management, which challenges the orthodox understanding of his managerial strength, and the misreading of the Capello succession. The wheeler dealer aspect and financial side is examined in some depth but again the intriguing character is the prism of examination. In the end the book is not unsympathetic to him on a personal level but is wholly realistic about 'Arry's limitations professionally. Still, he is the wealthy and undoubtedly successful Harry Redknapp and who am I? Nevertheless, this is essential reading for any intelligent fan of the game and particularly Tony Fernandes, his current employer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Page-Turning Insights, 3 Sep 2013
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John Crace is one of those gifted writers who clearly thinks long and hard about each and every sentence and injects his own personality into the subject. I myself went to Eton with him and remember him as a keen and talented footie player. We used to avidly watch Match of the Day on a Saturday night (a treat in those days), so his love of the subject shines through. I can't quite understand, however, why, coming from Wiltshire, he didn't support Swindon. I might be being unkind if I say that I have no recollection of Swindon being a fashionable side when we were at school. John's living in London, and writing for the Guardian, is maybe an explanation. I also can't escape the nagging feeling that there is something opportunistic about the subject; an opportunity that has maybe slipped past.
Even so, the book is a genuinely page-turning one for more or less any football lover, and there are many profound insights into what makes Harry tick - most of which John has uniquely formulated himself from the appraisal he's given to the many conversations and interviews he had with those who knew Redknapp; some quite closely.
My disappointment was that I didn't really close the book with any greater insight into what made Redknapp, in John's words, a `national treasure'. His acquittal of tax evasion didn't necessarily acquit him of `looking after number one' or having very much to offer beyond having a shrewd eye for a good transfer deal: his on-field tactical nous seemed/seems to be far less positional analysis than `go out and play your socks off'! It worked at Spurs - sometimes - but would it have done so for England? That doesn't seem to be important...left to the the popular vote immediately following his acquittal, he would probably now be the England manager.
But, once again, I genuinely enjoyed reading the book - a lot - and looked forward to the occasions when I could do so. I also learnt a lot! There were many useful insights into how the whole managerial process works that I was previously unaware of. Was I any more familiar with Redknapp himself? No, not really! Was it worth the money I spent? Every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing, 13 Nov 2013
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Really enjoyable book which gives a good insight into this manager and his methods, the way each chapter is told and the analysis is really good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 18 Oct 2013
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As I am a West Ham fan this book was extremely interesting to me. It is full of interesting facts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars terrific, 26 Jun 2014
bobby Zamora is a terrific player he's a terrific individual with terrific skills and terrific mentality get him signed up four year cpntract terrific
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry's Games, 26 Dec 2013
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My husband asked for this book and is still reading it. It is very enjoyable and he is pleased with it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Making the best out of a bad situation, 16 Aug 2013
Publishers March 2012: John, you've got the goahed to wright a Redkhapp book. By the time its out next year, it'll cover the 1st year of the England Manager
Reality April 2013: This book is he biography of the manager of the Premiership's bottom side.
In fairness to the author, he attempts to cover this limitation by intercutting the story of the England job snub with this career and this works reasonably well. You may be surprised how negative most of the comments are and his early life is glossed over far too quickly for me. The text is a bit chatty and more interviews could have been included.
A decent afternoon read, but probably best if your a football fan.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Harry Redknapp what a lIfe!, 8 Jun 2013
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I found the chapters kept moving about in time. It starts with the details of the trial and then goes back to the Ortsmouth era and then back to the time when at Bournemouth episode. We then have the S'pton/Portsmouth fiasco and then the trial follpwed by the time at Spurs. This is all mixed in with the England managers job, will he get it or not.

Overali a little disjointed
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