Revised and updated with new material from the paperback edition.
Includes a prelude read by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sir Alex Ferguson's compelling story is always honest and revealing he reflects on his managerial career that embraced unprecedented European success for Aberdeen and 26 triumphant seasons with Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson's best-selling autobiography has now been updated to offer reflections on events at Manchester United since his retirement as well as his teachings at the Harvard Business School, a night at the Oscars and a boat tour round the Hebrides, where he passed unrecognised.
The extra material adds fresh insights and detail on his final years as United's manager.
Both the psychology of management and the detail of football strategy at the top level can be complex matters but no-one has explained them in a more interesting and accessible way for the general reader than Sir Alex does here.
My Autobiography is revealing, endlessly entertaining and above all inspirational.
The reader James Macpherson most notably appeared in 'Taggart' as DCI Mike Jardine, and has also read the audiobook editions of Ian Rankin's Rebus series and Billy Connolly's Route 66.
©2013 Alex Ferguson (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
The narration is great, the story is solid and full of rather interesting insights for any football fan. Towards the end Fergie drifts off into a little bit of his own ego but I suppose it's hard to write a book about oneself without doing a touch of that.
I think I'm fine. As an Arsenal fan there's only so much I can take!
It seemed very authentic, I felt like I was listening to the man himself most of the time.
Fergie's life on the sideline
Looking to improve my life one audio book at a time @paulmmcaffrey
The honesty and depth that he spoke about his players, stunning
The chapter on Van Nistelrooy was incredible
If you would like to understand more about football - that's soccer to Americans - then I heard you to read this book or to download it from Audible. It is narrated by an amazing guy that really put you in the mood. If you want to know what happened in the dressing room ...coaching ...directing ...managing a football team or a football Club then this book is a must. Want to know who is Mourinho, Arsene vinegar or Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney, vanPercy, Liverpool, ManCity, then give it a shot.
"Good but could have been much better"
First let me state, I am not an Man U fan but I love football and having grown up knowing only Alex Ferguson as the manager of Manchester united I was very much looking forward to this audio book. There is some good content in this book but I felt a little short changed by the end.
There is little back ground to Fergies time at Man United, his time at Aberdeen as a manager and Rangers as a player were both stories I was looking forward to along with his short time Managing Scotland but all these are only occasionally referred to. He does say at the beginning he is focusing on his time at Man U as he has covered other parts of his life in other books, but what if like me you have not read these books? It did, at times, feel a little bit like a list of who he thought was rubbish, unprofessional or simply “a good Lad” with some interesting bits in-between.
Don’t expect many stories about his childhood or early life. What you get is mainly his last ten years or so at Man United. I also was disappointed in that there wasn’t more about how he manages players and situations but the sections he describes some of his techniques are interesting all the same. I did, for all of its faults, enjoy the book and there are some genuinely interesting sections.
My hope is that when Fergie finally pops his clogs (not wishing death on the man, hope he lives on till he’s 90 but death comes to us all) that we get a definitive unbiased biography of the man by someone like Duncan Hamilton.
James Macpherson narration is outstanding even though there are a few dodgy accents in there, Ryan Giggs “Welsh” accent was terrible but at least he had a crack!
"Collection of chate"
Have it properly edited. There were many cases of stories being repeated & items out of order
Understanding how a team was put together & the transfer market machinations were interesting but it was noticeable that key events were diluted or not mentioned such as his son's agency & the horse ownership issues. Very little was said about the contributions of his staff nor his actual day to day activities
Not as good a read as expected, for a ghost written book it was poorly produced & felt like the notes from a few brief chats; no real rhythm nor chronology
"Honest and simple"
This honest account just goes to show how coaching and managing at the very top does not have to be rocket science. It also shows how his successor clearly didn't have a copy or read it before taking over! Wether you love or loath Utd and Ferguson it is a great insight into a brilliant footballing brain and the characters he dealt with and the non-negotiables he had as a manager.
"The real Fergie. Utterly entertaining."
Probably. Would have preferred Fergie reading it himself.
Harry Redknapp, always managing. A real insight on the game of football and professional footballers.
Yes. Well read in all honesty, but having listened to "Self Read" biographies, there's a feeling of genuine feeling when accounts and stories are told.
Not really. Just found it a thoroughly interesting listen. To get a glimpse of the United dressing room which as been an Enigma for so many years.
As a football coach it was interesting to hear about the inside running of a successful football club, so from that point of view it was enjoyable.
I was expecting more information about the man this book was about. I was looking forward to hearing about his journey as a coach and his upbringing. The book felt like I was reading the tabloid newspapers at times, with rare moments of insightful substance. There was very little self-reflection by Ferguson regarding the controversial issues he mentioned.
The narrator should stay away from imitating accents.
Would not be possible to make a film as there is no real story.
I would stay away from this book if you are expecting to gain an insight into the life of a man who had such a successful and colorful career. If you are looking for Ferguson's views regarding certain players he managed or managers he faced then this book would be worthwhile. Even then I was a little shocked to how bias his account of events were. Probably would of been a better book if he took some timeout to reflect on his career, as it seems like Ferguson wrote this book as if he was still the Man Utd manager making sure he was protecting the interests of the club.
Not a chance.
I have never been a massive fan of autobiographies, as, in the main, they do tend to be self-indulgent drivel and this is no exception. I am a huge United fan and even that couldn't save me. Whilst there were interesting issues raised and good observations in the book, it's all just a bit dull and uninteresting in my opinion...and very self-indulgent in places. I also didn't like the way it was written, it was full of individual chapters about specific people, clubs, events, etc....there were often no coherent links from chapter to chapter and this resulted in quite a bit of repetition throughout. It didn't feel like much thought had gone into the writing of the book and it smacked of a cynical money making exercise to me.
I thought the reader was excellent and did a good job, although I would seriously question the idiot who decided the odd (and I mean perhaps 3 or 4 in the whole book) swear word in the book needed to be 'bleeped' out of the reading...I mean, seriously?
All in all I wouldn't recommend, unless you are a particularly keen fan of autobiographies.
"Self important arse"
Listening to this book would have you believe that mr furguson is a wine loving book reading intellectual, maybe he is but I am not convinced
"An Interesting Insight"
I liked his candid view of the world of football with its primadonnas
Hearing about the tricks Paul Scholes played on the other players at Carrington
The View From The Touchline
Enjoyed it immensly
"Interesting, great narrator, skirts some issues"
One of the best.
I'm a football and Manchester United fan so perhaps I'm a little biased but I found it quite interesting to hear Alex Ferguson's opinion on the Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Ronaldo transfers and it was nice to hear a tinge of regret on the exit of some players (e.g. Beckham)
The narrator was excellent, and I quite enjoyed his attempt at impersonating players' accents such as Quinton Fortune.
It wasn't a particularly emotional book - more factual.
I felt 'Fergie' skirted around some issues such as the Pogba situation and also Wayne Rooney's second transfer request.
Don't be put off by the fact Fergie's career is a long one. You didn't need to live through the time of events to understand and be pleasantly amused by the them.
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