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Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp by [Crace, John]
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Crace's clever, insightful biography. (Mail on Sunday )

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A new biography of one of England's greatest football managers from the Guardian journalist and author of Vertigo, John Crace.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 737 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (18 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780339127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780339122
  • ASIN: B00838F5E2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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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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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.
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Having read Harry Redknapp's "Always Managing" I found Harry's games fascinating as this book analyses Harry the man in depth from various angles showing both the good and bad aspects of his character and from the viewpoint of some football fans and sports writers. John Crace has done an excellent job in pulling all these views together.

Recommended reading for fans of Harry the man of which I am one.
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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?
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