A great insight into how Ferguson operates his regime of alternating fear and fun.Daniel Taylor provides a unique dairy with Sir Alex at Manchester United press conferences; a world completely new to an ordinary punter like me who simply helps to fund the Maseratis of the star players. A good read at a good price from Amazon. A book which you can pick up at spare moments, enjoy, have a belly laugh and return to later in the day.
This book is not about Ferguson's life, or even his time at Manchester United. The book covers two seasons - 2005-06 and 2006-07 - at Old Trafford. The book is in a diary format, and is basically about Ferguson's reaction to significant games and events. So don't expect too much on tactics, goalscorers etc. The events in games are secondary to Ferguson's reactions.
As it states in the book's title it is "uncut" and the language is raw. If you don't like swearing, and in particular the "f" word, then beware.
The book is about Ferguson's personality, and also gives a small insight into the world of football journalism, and the difficulty of trying to work with Ferguson. This is especially the case when something or somebody irks Fergie.
It is an enjoyable read and occasionally funny. The book is funny because of Ferguson's antics, stories of his actions, and the author's one-liners.
There's something in it for both Ferguson's admirers and detractors. I found it an enjoyable book.
I never expected a book related to football to be so amusing, but "This is the one" really is. It's not just entertaining but intensely informative, with the engaging additional fact that it written from the football journalist's point of view, which I found fascinating. Daniel Taylor certainly knows his stuff, but so much more importantly than that, he knows how to deliver it to his readers. By the end of the book I almost felt as if I knew Sir Alex Ferguson, moreover, although Daniel Taylor does not shirk from describing him "warts and all", his portrayal of the man shows a genuine affection for him which inspires affection in the reader too.
I don't always agree with Taylor's opinion in the Guardian and find him quick to jump to conclusions and onto bandwagons. However, I am still enthralled with this book, 4 years after first reading it. It's a fascinating, warts and all, portrayal of the great man. Taylor is man enough to lay bare Fergie's faults (of which there are undoubtedly many) but it's heartening to see that after all the frustration and fear Ferguson evokes in Taylor and the mass media in general, this journalist cannot hide his admiration and affection for the man. A well-written insight into two momentous years at Utd - you'll see the best and worst of Fergie come through here. In addition to the Fergie focus, there are plenty of great side stories that most Utd fans won't know about, like the time masked, baseball bat wielding men turned up at Rio Ferdinand's house in the middle of the night, after he'd been pictured out for dinner in London with Peter Kenyon. I've read this book about four times - do yourself a favor and read it too.
A thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing account of one of football's great managers and enigmas. This is a fascinating insight in to the fall and rise of United over a period of transitional decline that eventually saw them usurp the billions of Roman Abramovich's Chelsea to be crowned English champions for the 16th time. The book is laden with some hilarious anecdotes while Taylor's portrait of the tyrant he had to deal with on a weekly basis remains impartially respectable, with no grudges held. Written with fanzine panache, it is not just the essential Ferguson book, but one of the great football books of modern times.
Fantastic read...very funny and a great insight into Fergie and the press.
Read the book in less than a week (which is great for me) as I couldn't put it down, and it focuses on two very different seasons. Looking back, to the 2005 season, you forget how much pressure Fergie was under, from the press and even some of the fans at times, so it was great to look back and read about what happened next.
The books is a record of most of Fergie's press conferences, and I didn't realise how fun and unexpected they were!
By far one of most enjoyable MUFC books i've read, going to look into other books by the author now!
I have always enjoyed Daniel Taylor's articles in the Guardian and he usually knows what's what when it comes to the goings on behind the scenes at Old Trafford. The seasons covered in question were very interesting to cover given the transition between great sides (said with hindsight) when many fans and ABUs alike thought United, and Ferguson were losing it. When things are going good, bad or indifferent, Ferguson usually keeps the reality to himself, so this book really gives you the insight necessary to understand what was really going on behind the scenes. The Keane and Van Nistelrooy insights are some of the most valuable.
Its amazing to look back now and see what a bad season the 2005-06 was for Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson, yet it was in that season that the foundations were set for the success that they now enjoy. This Is the One: Sir Alex Ferguson - The Uncut Story of a Football Genius is really a book of two halves. The first season sees Ferguson been put under increasing pressure as United would finish behind Chelsea for the second season in a row which meant it was three seasons in a row United had not won the title, their worst run since winning it in the 1992-93 season. Where as their second season would see United with much the same team win the league at a canter.
Daniel Taylor is the Guardians Manchester based Journalist and covers all of Fergie's press conferences, so for two seasons he covers Fergie in diary form. You get a great insight in what goes on in these press conferences and will see the many moods of Fergie, For the first season it seems that its Fergie versus the press where as in the second season he is a lot more relaxed. So you will probably learn more about Fergie in the first chapter.
That first chapter covers a lot of ground such as Roy Keane leaving, The fans calling for Fergie's head, his struggle trying to keep up with Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, getting knocked out of Europe early and falling out with Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Where as the second season is a lot more plain sailing as United come close to doing their second treble. Its interesting hear how Fergie can terrorise grown men if they ask him the wrong question or write something about the team he doesn't like. Also what engaging company he can be and when hes on form can be as funny as anybody out there, thats a side the tv cameras rarley show us.
This is definitely one of the best books written on Fergie and after reading this you will pay a lot more attention to his press conferences