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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb account of the life and times of Bob Paisley,
John Keith's masterpiece presents us with a fascinating insight into the life of arguably the greatest footballing icon of the 20th Century.
Books about football are often only revered by fans of the game, but there are exceptions to everything and this is a great example. Needless to say, enthusiasts of Liverpool FC will cherish this book more than others might, but that's simply the difference between fantastic and sublime.
John Keith describes to us, with no lack of detail, the way in which this humble miner's son from a small village in County Durham works his way up from nothingness to achieve his dream- only through sheer determination and a fantastic passion for football. A delightful lesson for anyone on the importance of aspirations, and the description of a perfect role-model for the younger generation. One needn't read past the first 20 or so pages, including a heart-warming foreword by Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish, before one appreciates the respect and admiration the late Robert Paisley deserves.
Naturally, a book on this theme has a tremendous amount of football history packed in, and the author writes so convincingly about the merits of Mr. Paisley that even the most ardent of Manchester United fans would be persuaded that Paisley warrants far more the accolade of Manager of the Millennium than any of his rivals- Sir Alex Ferguson and Bill Nicholson to name but two. His nine-year stint as manager saw the collection of 3 European Cups and 6 League championships as well as another 10 trophies for the cabinet. The experience notched up in between his playing and managerial careers, as coach, physiotherapist and assistant to Bill Shankly is superbly dictated by John Keith, but he doesn't stop there.
Aside from the football, one develops a remarkable insight into Paisley's way of life right from the beginning. We are told how, as a seven-year-old, he would scramble across the pit heaps to gather crude oil to provide energy for him family; how he had to leave his football club during WWII and drive army vehicles without having a single driving lesson under his belt- and much, much more.
No book could possibly give a superior description of this incredible man's life- football was not simply a job for Bob Paisley, it was a remarkable passion.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about a great manager,
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This review is from: Bob Paisley: Manager of the Millennium (Paperback)
This is a biography of the one of themost succesful manager in English football. It begins by telling about the background of the man and if there were any factors there that shaped his later successes. We follow him through his experiences in the Second World War, and we get to read about his debut as a player for Liverpool FC (6 years after he signed on as a player). His partnership with Bill Shankly is also covered, as well as some amusing stories of the man. Finally when Shankly quits as manager of LFC does Paisley become manager of LFC, a job he didn't want at first. There are quotes from his players about what they thought of him and about their own experience working for Paisley. This book is wll written, the text is easy to read and is understandable, its not a dry summation of facts but it has a lot of amusing stories in between. In fact I would recommend this book to all football fans.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the manager of the century,
There is german word which is so applicable to the late great Bob Paisley: Fingerspetzgefuhl!
The knack to be able to make the right decisions almost every time and surely that is an adjective that can be applied to Bob, if any one.
Not having the same budget as the later knighted Alex Ferguson, Bob Paisley turned Liverpool into a winning machine of the 70ies and 80ies.
This book gives a great account of the great man who most certainly should have received the knighthood, well ahead of Alex Ferguson! But then again, down-to-earth Bob would probably not have cared for any gongs or titles as long as his team kept winning!
The greatest manager NOT to have been given the right reward for his great services to Liverpool FC, to Reds all over the world, to the city of Liverpool and in extent to English football in general!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manager of the Millennium,
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This review is from: Bob Paisley: Manager of the Millennium (Hardcover)
Manager of the Millennium is an impossible title to bestow but the Briton who most deserves it is probably the least celebrated. Amidst all recent talk of trebles, everyone swept under the carpet the fact there was once a time when not even three European Cups could earn you a knighthood. Keith arrives on cue to put the record straight.
Paisley accumulated a staggering 19 trophies in a glorious nine-year stint as Liverpool boss, a record that remains unsurpassed. Keith takes us through his life, from his humble beginnings kicking a pig's bladder in a mining village to the glory that was Rome 77 in a touching and extremely thorough biography.
Few stones are left unturned as with the help of Paisley's family and those around whom he built his all-conquering sides - the like of Callaghan, Keegan, Souness, Hansen and of course, Dalglish - Keith takes us through the Reds' most glittering era.
"Less than four years after he had reluctantly succeeded Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley had the club's supporters pinching themselves to ensure that he cascading success under his stewardship was real.
It was real enough."
5.0 out of 5 stars Best manager ever,
This book is an absolute brilliant read charting bobs life from a young footballing star to probably the best club manager ever one of the best biography I have read highly recommended
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Bob Paisley: Manager of the Millennium by John Keith (Hardcover - 28 Oct 1999)
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