Mr. Birmingham or Miss Understood.,
This review is from: Savage!: The Robbie Savage Autobiography (Hardcover)
Marmite......a great nickname for this lookalike Abersoch surfer. He's earned his place in the Premiership by sheer hard work and of course bags of luck! His ego is up there with the best of them and even he is the first to admit that he has been "underrated"? How?
The facts speak for themselves really; he has earned a small fortune and could afford to lose an amount on a car deal the equivalent of what most people earn in a year, so, not so underrated? He became the Midlands Player of the Year and also The Ilkeston Branch of Derby County fans player of the season(not even becoming European Player of the Year could top those). In fairness, Lothar Matthious praised him, and, credit where it is due, he is heart and soul.He is the original headless chicken or Afghan hound that harrasses the opposition, big, small or gifted.
He claims that he has been fair with contracts but, compare that statement to the way in which he left Birmingham "after" signing a new deal? He speaks of respect he has for his seniors but again, the treatment of Toshack, Souness, Maldini's shirt and, not least, disrespecting the prone Tugay say otherwise. Arrogance comes from kicking the ball at the head of someone who he had just clattered.....later to be a team-mate. Not an endearing quality.
Two anecdotes I really loved were; his concussion/Prime Minister incident and Bellamy's arrival at Blackburn's training ground.....genuinely amusing!
Another of Sav's contradictions is that he learned morals from Harrison at United but his admission of getting players deliberately sent off and not giving a toss shows that those morals belong to invertebrates of whom he is King of!
Of the book itself it is a good read for those who love their football and are interested in the dramas between managers and pro's. He does try to show some humility here and there and I commend him for that but beware of the Deon's/Dion's or the one called De Jong...perhaps he is the third and final assault to eventually nail a savage man!