A rollicking football memoir from one of the best-known figures in British football. With nearly 20 years as a player - plus almost 25 years as a coach and manager - under his belt, Sam Allardyce is one of the most recognisable figures in British football.
"Big Sam" was a robust defensive general throughout the '70s and '80s and has been an imposing touchline presence as a gaffer since 1994. Until he left West Ham in the summer of 2015, he was the second longest-serving manager in the Premier League behind Arsene Wenger.
Over the last 42 years, Allardyce has seen it all. The game he so loves is radically different from that in which he made his debut back in 1973, and in telling his wonderfully colourful story for the very first time, Allardyce talks intriguingly about the changing face of players and managers. His autobiography positively crackles with characteristic insight, honesty and hard-hitting opinions.
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Firstly, I assume that you are interested in English football (soccer) to get so far as to read this review. If you are not interested in football, this book most likely won't be for you, even though Sam is a really interesting character.. Me, I love football, and I loved this book.
This audiobook lasts for over 10 hours, but it felt like no time at all. I loved listening to this. There are...
- Some great insights into his playing days. Wow, how the world has changed so quickly from his days as a player
- Stories from his roller coaster life of difficult and good times
- A few moments of laughter from some funny little stories from the training field and dressing room. I'm sure there must be hundreds more though.
- Honest opinions on other managers and characters from the world of football
- His opinions on the way the game is developing.
- Open details of his personal and family life.
I can understand why he has been a successful manager. Sam is simply a great character and he communicates in a straight forward no nonsense way, and I liked that in this book.
Just a word of warning. There is some use of strong language used in this book, as the stories from the dressing room and contract negotiations etc. get told.
The book tells the story up to the end of his West Ham days. I'm already looking forward to a Part 2 that tells of him coming out of retirement to save Sunderland from relegation and of course...he is manager of England now!
Sam was and still is a brilliant manger and for those of you who think likewise should read this book and allow Allardyce to explain how he's not a long ball coach. He uses his players strengths and exploits his opponents weaknesses as a great tactician would. Throughly love this book and highly recommend it!
great narration, understanding of the speach and context of European football. enlightening to listen. thanks
"Big Sam's grand slam!!"
Big Sam's always been one of those colourful characters in football. Kick n rush amongst other things said about him. I was intrigued after seeing him do amazing things at Bolton and also gobsmacked he left West Ham having done brilliantly.....so bought his book.
What an absolute breath of fresh air!!! Honest, funny, insightful. Very interesting reading Sam's take on things that were in papers 're England job, doing the right thing, and his insight into players and the revelation of his ground-breaking use of preperation for games and optimising players abilities.I have come to admire, respect and warm to the big man and will smile when I see him being interviewed from now on.. Lynn's take on things at the end is great too. Great listen. Narrator is great.....but did notice the drop from Northern accent to black country a few times, but definitely felt it was Big Sam telling his story.
"BIG SAM AS IT IS"
Fantastic book down to earth this book is a must read just like BIG SAM
Good book and well written
Shame about the annoying voice who's attempt at a Sam pseudo Black Country accent was incredibly annoying
"Fascinating insight into the game."
Some really interesting experiences shared by Sam. Comes across as down to earth with a no nonsense approach to the game and life. I've often wondered how he would have worked out at Newcastle if given more time and had the football been better.
if Sam is half as good as he reckons Sunderland will be in good hands.
I enjoyed the reading, kept it moving and held my interest. Would recommend.
"Not the dinosaur he is made out to be"
Sam is both funny and informative. It show how football has changed and offer a number of intresting incites
"great listen top man Big Sam I agree with him abou"
excellent listen a book well worth its value cracking entertainment. big SAM will do great for England I have no doubt
Lived my dream, in the way in which I would could imagine myself doing so.
"big Sam alar dice"
listening to Sam talk about wanting the England job in a few chapters and now getting it.
good luck to him as he's book shows he was before he's time when it came to sport science in football
"match of the day"
This is not like a lot of autobiographies. For one thing big Sam's lived a bit longer than most footballers who write about themselves. For another there's no journo speak and if he used a ghost writer at least he explains why that is. it's a highlights package of a book but no less boring for all that. it's candid and very good. it reveals a lot of things that went on behind the scenes of his management especially at lackpool and Bolton that might not be known to outsiders. He shares a lot of my views re social media. I think twitter's pathetic as wel. as for face flannel don't get me started on that. It's jsut a pity that Johnathan Keeble can't make up his mind which accent he wants to use when he's reading the book. Fomr somewhere in the north to black country and back again. That's irritating a bit but if you like your footy books this one is a 'do not miss' for all footy fans of trivia and information.
"Would have been better if Big Sam had narrated"
I always prefer audible autobiographies when the author narrates them. I thought the Black Country accent was a bit 'iffy' at times & coming from Wolves, I know the Dudley accent well
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