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My Autobiography: An Englishman Abroad Paperback – 13 Aug 1999

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (13 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330369857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330369855
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Put simply, Bobby Robson ranks as one of the great club managers of the modern age and the most successful coach of the England team in the last 30 years.

An Englishman Abroad is the story of how Robson went from coaching the amateurs of Oxford University to an unparallelled record of managerial success in professional football--first with Ipswich then at the helm of some of the giants of the European game, taking the England squad to World Cup quarter finals and semi-finals on the way.

His critical studies of the great players whose careers he has helped to shape-- Hoddle, Gascoigne and Ronaldo, among them--are insightful and brutally honest.

Nurturing and empathetic, but ruthless in his judgement and resolve, Robson's managerial style has been a unique blend of the paternal and the professional. His unquenchable passion for the game and genuine affection for each subsequent generation of young stars are unmistakeable.

Romantic and pragmatic by turns and charged with a tremendous enthusiasm for the future at each step, Robson is an entertaining interpreter of his own life in and out of the spotlight.

His is too genuine and spontaneous a voice to lend itself entirely to prose, but a largely successful attempt to put the man on paper makes this book something special. --Alex Hankin


Bobby Robson is still one of the most sought after managers in football (having also played for England, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion), and few can match his international expertise. He built Ipswich up from a stuggling league side to League Champions and is till revered there as a hero. England reached the 1990 World Cup semi-finals under him and he tell the inside story of working with Gasgoine, Lineker and others. Robson managed PSV Eindhoven and won over the sceptical Dutch, before going to Barcelona (at the third time of asking) and buying Ronaldo, the world's most expensive player. They won three trophies, only for him to be displaced due to political infighting. Now back with Eindhoven, Robson is uniquely placed to compare managing football teams both here and in Europe, and he talks candidly about the future of the game.

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