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This Is the One: Sir Alex Ferguson: The Uncut Story of a Football Genius Paperback – 25 Jul 2008
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`Taylor offers a fine account of this fascinating period in (Ferguson's) career'(The Observer)
‘Invaluable and engrossing’(Four Four Two magazine)
‘For anybody who wants to know more about the enigma that is Fergie, they should read this book’(The Daily Star)
'An excellent and affectionate portrayal of Ferguson'(The Independent)
When Man Utd deposed Chelsea as Premiership champions at the end of the 2006-07 season, Sir Alex Ferguson described it as the 'greatest achievement' of his twenty years in charge. A year earlier his managerial career had reached its madir amid speculation he would be forced out of Old Trafford. Those two seasons serve as a snap shot of the highest and lowest ebbs of Alex Ferguson's career. As a portrait of Ferguson, no other two seasons can encapsulate all that he embodies and why he is still the greatest manager in the game.Written over the course of two eventful, diverse and controversial seasons, "This Is the One" offers a unique portrait of Sir Alex Ferguson from a privileged position behind the scenes. As a football writer for the "Guardian", Daniel Taylor has been there from day one, and seen every side of Ferguson, mixing the flint-faced authoritarian caricature, the infamous hairdryer treatment, and the softer, humane side of an immensely likeable man. Entertaining, revelatory, sometimes shocking but always affectionate, this is an honest portrait of a man who infuriates as much as he inspires, but whose heart is as big as the Man Utd trophy room.See all Product description
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A great insight into the greatest manager of our time and a hughely enjoyable read. Full of stories you wouldn't have heard before and a quite poignant read for Utd fans right now considering the current situation at the club and run of 4 years without the title.
Mourinho is one of the main protagonists in this book so it would be quite fitting if the now Utd manager could become The One and bring the first title to the club since Ferguson himself retired. I hope he does and rate Jose very highly. But he and any other manager pales in comparison to the great man himself, Sir Alex.
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 would definitely recommend this as a good read which doesn't last long enough because you find it hard to put down!
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