on 9 October 2012
Now, being a supporter of the Club of which Brian Laws started his managerial career, i have to say that along with many other fans of that Club, i don't suppose that Laws will go down in history as their greatest or most popular manager, but, putting that fact aside, this is a great read. Most so called "footballers autobiographies" to me can be boring in the extreme, relying mainly on facts and figures, mainly because although they have had successful careers and played at the highest level, they have little to say about the game itself. This is not the case with Laws. From his early days growing up in the North East , to the present time, the book is packed with anecdotes from his career, and the chapters regarding playing under the great "Cloughie" at Nottingham Forest are a joy to read. His first sortee' as a manager with Grimsby Town provides a great insight of his time at the club, and if he didn't leave a lasting mark on the club, he certainly did with one of it's players!. A great section about his more succesful bout as manager of Scunthorpe Utd, until his departure for Sheffield Wednesday, which gives a great insight into the way Chairmen think they know more about football than the manager. (But we all know that don't we?). His arrival and departure from the gaffers' job at Burnley brings the book up to present day and to what he is doing now.
Unusually for an autobiography, self depreciating at times, but honest. From a man that has played at the highest level, and managed at the lowest.
Credit has to be given to co-writer sportswriter Alan Biggs for his assistance with the "telling of the tale"
Highly recommended reading.