"From kicking a ball as a kid under the street lamps of Poplar and standing on Highbury's North Bank with my dad, to my first game at West Ham, I was born head over heels in love with football. It saved me, and 50 years on that hasn't changed one bit - I'd be lost without it…"
Harry is the manager who has seen it all - from from a dismal 70s Portakabin at Oxford City and training pitches with trees in the middle to the unbeatable highs of the Premiership, lifting the FA Cup and taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League. With his much loved, no-nonsense delivery, Harry brings us a story filled with passion and humour that takes you right inside every drama of his career. Harry finally tells the full story of all the controversial ups and downs - the pain and heartache of his court case, the England job, his love for Bobby Moore, his adventures at Portsmouth with Milan Mandaric, the Southampton debacle, Tottenham and Daniel Levy, and not forgetting his years at West Ham or the challenges at his current club QPR.
It’s the epic journey of one of the great managers and, along the way, the story of the British game itself over the last five decades. In an era now dominated by foreign coaches Harry is the last of an old-fashioned breed of English football man - one who has managed to move with the times and always come out fighting.
©2013 Harry Redknapp (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
For the finer details, to hear what I missed
No I have not listened to any before however, David Johns made a great narrator and it certainly helped turn around my disappointed Harry Redknapp did not narrate himself. At times just maybe, just maybe, you could pretend with David's narration it was Harry speaking
A very enjoyable memoir of a man I certainly admire for a no nonsense but honest account of himself.
"Fantasticly written & narrated"
Absolute pleasure, as 'Arry would say (different class). I was begining to lose interest in Audio Books, I havent had a good listen in my last few picks. This is just Brilliant. You can count on Harry to tell it as it is. I was dissapointed for about 30 seconds that it wasnt narrated by Harry himself but the narration is incredible, it felt like listening to the old man himself. Finished the whole thing in 3 days (& im a busy man i promise you!)
"Really really enjoyable!"
Really enjoyed listening to his version of events and just how he told his story. It seemed honest and sincere.
His cockney accent. I would have preferred to have had Harry read it himself but i reckon that David is as close as you'll get to the real thing. I would forget that it wasn't Redknapp reading at times as he told the story so well!
I laughed out loud, in public (as i was listening on my ipod) at least once, maybe twice per chapter.
"It wasn't me !"
Glad I listened because I was able to see beyond all the Harry is great facade
The mystery bank account...
The "not my fault" Honest Harry misnomer.
Yes if only to see how mercenary he is.
Was really looking forward to stories and anecdotes but Was quite an eye opener... Playing the part of ill- educated London urchin ... Taken for a fool " cough" well I've met many a fool but none that's every flown abroad opened a bank account, not remembering who with and forgetting why! Knew exactly who had promised a bonus and how much and when it was due, in other parts of the story! Suss very Suss in my opinion. Had very rose coloured spectacles on why he moved from job to job... Ooh poor me don't know why they are persecuting poor old 'arry!
So glad he never got the England job in the end.
"A laugh a minute. Really funny."
Harry's own story, plus a real insight into managers and their relationship with each other, chairmen and players. It sad at times but also really funny. Great performance.
Paolo di Canio steals the show!
Harry's thoughts on West Ham and how they treated Bobby Moore. So sad.
No. I had to stop to make a cup of tea.
"Should have been ENGLAND Manager"
At the top of my list
Just his passion for the sport
One football manager that should have been appointed to lead his country.
True Englishman, through and through.
It took me back in time and filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge
yes, the narrator with the right accent captures Harry pretty well
Neil Warnock's book - worked his wap, but 'oop north at the beginning before finishing down in Devon
laugh at the goings on
worth a read for anyone who likes sport
"Good listen, very entertaining."
I have always liked Harry Redknapp but knew little about him, except what is printed in the headlines of newspapers. I think in footballing terms he has done a lot and achieved some very impressive results over the years with a variety teams. The audiobook is good, he talks about all the clubs he has managed and doesn't hold back on opinions. He talks about his tax evasion court case and the England coach job, giving his side of the story. I personally, would have liked him to get the job as England manager and thought he would have been very good at it, but it wasn't to be. He talks a lot about the late, but great, Bobby Moore and this clearly says volumes of Harry's bond with him.
The narration is very good and at times I had to remind myself it wasn't Harry himself. The narration is done with a lot of passion and not just read but told to you like a conversation.
The bio is generally good. Harry has had a lot of experience in football and each club presented a new challenge. I enjoyed hearing about the clubs and the players he has worked with over the years.
On the whole, I would recommend this audiobook. I enjoyed listening to and glad I bought it.
"Always good value for money Harry..."
insightful, hones & funny
Harry of course, he just comes across as a good bloke.
Not a fan of David John really, but Palo DiCanio probably!
Not moved me, but when Harry joined Southampton, the amount of abuse that he received and his wife from Portsmouth fans just makes me think how many sad, sick morons there are out there!
Great fun and interesting listening throughout, very funny in places. I would love Harry Redknapp as a mate. He is the real deal, strong, humerous and generous to a fault, the type of bloke you could rely on and tells a great story, you must buy it.
"Much better listen than other Managers books"
Funny and informative, certainly the level of hatred that he and his wife endured when he started to manage Southampton.
Explaining the personality of Paulo DiCanio and how he reacted to his team mates when they didn't live up to his expectations.
The dressing room scenarios were the funniest and the most incite was the QPR squad's lack of commitment made interesting listening.
I listened to the book in 2 days, enough said?
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