Includes a prelude read by Sir Alex Ferguson
The celebratory, revealing, inspiring and entertaining autobiography of the greatest manager in the history of British football.
Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football. Over the last quarter of a century there have been seismic changes at Manchester United. The only constant element has been the quality of the manager's league-winning squad and United's run of success, which included winning the Champions League for a second time in 2008.
Sir Alex created a purposeful, but welcoming, and much envied culture at the club which has lasted the test of time. Sir Alex saw Manchester United change from a conventional football club to what is now a major business enterprise, and he never failed to move with the times. It was directly due to his vision, energy and ability that he was able to build teams both on and off the pitch. He was a man-manager of phenomenal skill, and increasingly he had to deal with global stars. His relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, for instance, was excellent and David Beckham has described Sir Alex as a father figure.
Over the past four years, Sir Alex has been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his extraordinary career and in his new book he will reveal his amazing story as it unfolded, from his very early days in the tough shipyard areas of Govan.
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
"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!
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.
A decent listen, not the huge expose everyone expected but still an interesting book.
It's a shame Sir Alex himself didn't do the reading but James MacPherson is very good.
Even if you're not a Man Utd fan you should still make the effort to listen to arguably the greatest manager ever, it does provide you with a different angle of the man everyone loves to hate!
"A good listen but nothing earth shattering"
As a United fan I guess I am already half way to liking this book, it was interesting to hear some of the stories that you read about from one of the parties perspective.
Probably when he talks about the class of 92 and his relationship with them.
Most of it was interesting, its difficult to pick out an individual scene.
"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
"Decent Football Autobiography"
I've read a few football autobiography and this wouldn't be the best I've read, but it is interesting enough especially if you are a Man U fan. Interesting to learn more about the man and his methods. Also interesting to read about his view on certain players, especially the more news worthy ones.
I am not a Man Utd fan but was interested in the book. Excellent narration. Worth listening to.
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