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on 11 January 2008
By day Harry Harris is the Chief Football Writer for the Sunday Express. You've probably also seen him from time to time appearing on the Sunday Supplement show on Sky Sports. From this you would imagine that he is not short of a bob or two, certainly earning enough to buy even the most basic of word processors. You know the kind, the ones that put a red squiggle underneath every spelling mistake? Yet Harry either wrote this on an old fashioned typewriter, chose to ignore the red squiggles or left it to the proofreader to sort out the text.

As a result, no one amended the spelling mistakes. There is virtually one mistake every page, sometimes more, so by the time you've ploughed through the two hundred or so pages, you get the feeling that this was bashed out as quickly as possible, irrespective of spelling, just to ensure it was on the market before Martin Jol's name was nothing more than a memory. Even worse, yes, even worse than the spelling mistakes, is the claim by Harry Harris that Spurs beat Feyenoord on penalties to win the 1984 UEFA Cup Final (on page 11). If a general football fan made that comment I'd be disappointed, but for a Spurs fan, and a professional journalist to boot, to make that claim beggars belief. So not only do we get an incompetent proofreader, we have a book written by a journalist who can't be bothered to check basic facts (I'll save you the trouble of looking it up - Spurs beat Feyenoord in the second round; it was Anderlecht they beat in the final).

All of which is something of a pity - I liked Martin Jol, who gave us Spurs fans some of our pride back by taking us to fifth place in consecutive seasons and, had the board kept a bit of faith, might well have built on that. This book highlights many of the reasons why he was popular with the fans and, it would appear, several of his rivals. Martin Jol will have little or no trouble getting another job; Harry Harris I'm not too sure.
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