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Interesting in places, but...
on 23 August 2013
Having read this, I'm convinced that Neil Warnock doesn't go out to upset people, he just does. He got my back up almost instantly. In the first few pages he implies that the average football fan doesn't have a clue how a football club is run. Although it is true that I have never managed a team, it doesn't mean that I have not had experiences of having to deal with awkward bosses or troublesome employees. At least as a football manager you can just ship a bothersome player out of sight until his contract runs out or he is sold, a luxury someone like me working in an office cannot do. Also, like many working class men and women who watch the game, we do know about budgets. Okay, we don't have thousands of people screaming for our heads, but we can't all just go to our homes in Cornwall or Scotland to clear our heads after a bad day like he can. According to Warnock, apart from one Millwall fan chucking an egg at his head, he enjoyed talking to the fans and never shied away from them.
I found the book started off quite interesting and ended in disappointment - as you'd expect - at Leeds. I found the QPR bit in the middle a bit long and laborious. I'll readily admit that I nearly abandoned the book halfway through, as the constant whining drove me mad. I think we all know that Taarabt is a bit of a `colourful' character, but the point is drilled home time and time again. It is as if he wants a medal for getting the best out of him.
But you cannot knock the guy's record. He's won seven promotions. I hope he stays in the game, because my team always beat his teams (1-3 at Gigg Lane, 1-4 Bramhall Lane, 1-3 Loftus Road and 1-6 Leeds). Thanks for the points Neil!
The book is a must for a QPR fan, as it does go into detail about how the club is run. As for Palace fans, if you want your ego massaging, then you'll enjoy this. Leeds fans, like the other clubs will only find this is a passing interest. £8.49 is a fare old sum for a Kindle book. My advice would be that it is worth the read, but maybe wait until you see it for a quid in Oxfam.