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
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"Interesting enough, but slightly disappointing"
Yes if you are an avid Man Utd fan. It gives interesting insights into the decisions Ferguson made during his latter time at the helm. If you are looking for background on the influences and motivations which made Ferguson the man he is; then this book is probably not going to satisfy.
Yes. I am sure he has a lot more to say about Man Utd, but obviously felt restricted in this book due his newly acquired position of director at the club. Also, David Moyes had only just joined as manager so any comments about the current squad were probably repressed.
The chapter on Roy Keane was probably the highlight. There are other entertaining chapters though.
Not really. Work harder perhaps.
"Good but no classic"
You really need a love for football with this book and a knowledge of past Man Utd players. Still a good read and a good inside story of the on goings at Football clubs. some stories are left uncompleted, some it is possible to see through the one sided view. but overall really enjoyed this book.
"Fergie is Awesome!"
I really enjoyed this audiobook from start to finish. Sir Alex has got his own take on things for sure and I like the digs he puts in about players and other managers. He gives credit to those that deserve it and slams those that don't. A must listen!!
"Great book for football fans"
The most enjoyable bit of this book was getting the inside of the football world. Being a huge football fan, most of the information I get is though the mainstream media and majority of the time it is false. This book gives an insight to what actually happened in United during Ferguson rein.
It was more of a documentary than a fictional book hence no favourite character. However I did enjoy the bits of the transfer market.
James Macpherson sounds a lot like Alex Ferguson, due to their Scottish accents. It felt like Ferguson was actually reading the book.
Pretty much. I had a day with a lot of tasks I needed to finish off, so I put this one and boom all the tasks were done in no time
Great listen. First audiobook I have listened to fully, definitely will buy more in the future.
I certainly would listen to this book again. I expected a book on life in football I discovered a full course on man management.
Alex Ferguson is the ultimate character but his wife certainly deserves the best standing ovation.
No I have not listened to any other book on Alex Ferguson
Oh absolutely and categorically
If any book should be added to the curriculum of any business and management school it should Alex Ferguson's auto-biography. You expect to listen to football stories from the manager who made Manchester United the greatest football club in the world. You discover more his man management skills which have made his success and you then understand that he was able to micro manage probably the greatest egos walking this earth and he did it with great gusto. Unmissable a must read
"Some interesting insight but no shocks."
No I don't think Alex Ferguson has any more of a story to tell. I must say that although I'm not a Manchester United fan, it was interesting in parts and does give the reader an insight into the workings of the club.
Not sure you could make it more enjoyable as the subject matter is based in fact. No where near as controversial as the hype makes you believe.
Not sure. Thought James MacPherson was quite poor. Didn't like his attempts at some of the character accents and thought the phone calls where not that effective.
No as previously stated not a huge Man U fan so of limited interest to me.
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.
"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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