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Excellent read. Can't wait for Wenger's autobiography next
on 18 February 2016
As an Arsenal fan, I was fully prepared for Fergie's autobiography to further enhance my notion of him being an entitled bully who got all of the decisions going his way through intimidation and sheer brutish force.
This book, while not necessarily dispersing with these judgements, certainly opened my eyes to the various sides of an incredibly strong, diligent and intelligent man. It's very well written and covers a lot of subjects that have been left open to public interpretation for years, such as the sale of Jaap Stam after his autobiography was published, the Wenger/Mourinho years and the infamous hairdryer incident.
The Roy Keane saga is explained in great detail, which was particularly interesting, and I really enjoyed the tenderness with which he fondly referred to his colleagues and mentors, the late, great Bryan Robson being one of the most frequently-referred to.
The myth of Fergie as this imperious footballing mastermind who would either bring the best out of a player or else cut them out instantly is mostly compounded in this autobiography, but it's fascinating to see the other side of the man who 'bullied' other teams, managers and 'had the refs in his pocket' - he was a tactician with a profound understanding of the game. He had an ethos that no player was bigger than Manchester United, and he successfully enforced it with an iron fist. He went through hard times with the club (nearly losing his job before they won the FA Cup in the early 90s) and brought them through the other side, fully immersed in his self-made footballing philosophy. The Man United fans of today would do well to read this and remind themselves of how even Fergie had struggles within the team.
I'm still not necessarily a fan of the man, but this autobiography has really opened my eyes as to just how much Ferguson achieved in his lengthy career, and as a football fan, you cannot help but respect him.