- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Constable (18 Sept. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472113128
- ISBN-13: 978-1472113122
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,632,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp Paperback – 18 Sep 2014
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Crace's clever, insightful biography. --(Mail on Sunday )
A new biography of one of England's greatest football managers from the Guardian journalist and author of Vertigo, John Crace.See all Product Description
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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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Recommended reading for fans of Harry the man of which I am one.
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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. Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2014 by Tim Roast
My husband asked for this book and is still reading it. It is very enjoyable and he is pleased with it.Published on 26 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This has been bought for a Christmas present so I am unable to rate the contents. It arrived in good time and in perfect condition. Thank you!Published on 16 Nov. 2013 by Mrs. Edwina Parker
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 goodPublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by Bryan C
As I am a West Ham fan this book was extremely interesting to me. It is full of interesting facts.Published on 18 Oct. 2013 by R.M.FREDERICKS