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Big Sam Audiobook

Big Sam: My Autobiography

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Sam Allardyce (P)2015 Headline Digital

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    GORDON 08-12-16
    GORDON 08-12-16
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    "Great character. Open and Honest Biography"

    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!

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    Jorene Cook 04-27-16
    Jorene Cook 04-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterful tactician"

    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!

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    Troy PLATTSMOUTH, NE, United States 04-04-16
    Troy PLATTSMOUTH, NE, United States 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great listen and narration"

    great narration, understanding of the speach and context of European football. enlightening to listen. thanks

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  • Wayne Flint
    leicester
    11/30/15
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Whitham
    Lancashire
    2/25/16
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    "BIG SAM AS IT IS"

    Fantastic book down to earth this book is a must read just like BIG SAM

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. M. Talbot
    Birmingham
    12/16/15
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    "Bad voice"

    Good book and well written

    Shame about the annoying voice who's attempt at a Sam pseudo Black Country accent was incredibly annoying

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liam W.
    9/6/17
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    "Says more than he has to!"

    Good story covering a long career with ups and downs. Very revealing at times. Decent

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  • Anonymous
    8/7/17
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    "good book"

    good book, well written but his wife wasn't needed tbh, over complaining about the ref we're negatives

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  • James
    United Kingdom
    2/3/17
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    "What a fantastic listen *****"

    I have to be honest I really enjoyed this book from start to finish which gave a great insight into Sam and all aspects of professional football. The chapter from his wife was a great touch and their genuine story of rags to riches is touching from apprenticeship to the millions of top flight management. I recommend this book to any true football or sporting fan Sam was ahead of his time!

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  • Conor Heron
    1/14/17
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    "AMAZING"

    Such an interesting and in depth account, amazing to listen to, recommend this book very very highly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    London, United Kingdom
    9/3/16
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    "Not the dinosaur he is made out to be"

    Great book.
    Sam is both funny and informative. It show how football has changed and offer a number of intresting incites

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary Odlum
    8/4/16
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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