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Always Managing book. Read 62 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. 'From kicking a ball as a kid under the street lamps of Poplar and. The World According to Harry is my take on the important things – from what makes true team spirit and not forgetting your East End roots, to the joys of jam. Back. It Shouldn't Happen to a Manager. Harry Redknapp. Paperback. $ · A Man Walks on to a Pitch: Stories from a Life in Football. Harry Redknapp.
It is a great read and rolls along merrily and does give a great insight to how football used to be before it became a branch of the global corporate entertainment world. There is also some pretty sad bits about Bobby Moore who was not quite the golden boy he appeared and was shunned by both West Ham and the FA before dying in early middle age 'arry's philosophy is that he is doing the best he can and just staying afloat which maybe a bit simple but he is a throwback to a simpler age.
The boy done good! Jun 07, Ollie rated it liked it. A decent read. As you might expect it's hardly literary and perhaps verges on being too conversational, but I found myself whizzing through it - fantastic fodder for journeys to work. Whilst he hasn't got a vicious word to say about anyone, it's apparent that he can be hot-headed and is perhaps a more complicated character than you might imagine from his post-match interviews.
He certainly gives the impression that he understands and is comfortable in the knowledge he is not infallible as a mana A decent read. He certainly gives the impression that he understands and is comfortable in the knowledge he is not infallible as a manager. Some interesting insights arise regarding the changing financial structure of football, national composition of clubs and old-school methods of training and casual intimidation.
One shocking story involves Barry Fry, now Chairman of Peterborough United, whom Redknapp alleges drove to Bournemouth after threatening to have him attacked after Harry signed a player on a free due to dodgy paperwork. Of course, his own infamous financial arrangements are discussed, but football matters are of more interest. He tries to set out a moral framework for conducting his own life and career; for example guiding us through the reasons of moving to Southampton after Portsmouth, as the two of course bitterly despite each other.
Harry Redknapp the manager? Unlike almost every single English journalist in England, I really don't rate him. Yes, he's had some successes, but plenty of failures too.
Listening to his interviews, whenever his teams do well, it's always down to him, yet whenever they fail, it's always the fault of the players. It's an attitude I dislike intensely.
Harry Redknapp the man? Not as nice as he's portrayed in the media.
He's not - and he admits this in the book, to his credit - as lovable as the press Harry Redknapp the manager? He's not - and he admits this in the book, to his credit - as lovable as the press portray him.
He has a temper and regularly got into ferocious arguments during his career. Harry Redknapp the autobiography? Considering I don't like the man or consider him as one of the greatest English managers of the PL era, it's not bad. It seems like all the ghost writer had to do was record Harry telling his anecdotes and then type them up word for word.
There's very little analysis in here - either it bores Redknapp to talk about it or he doesn't have any tactical acumen at all. He admits to mistakes on a personal level but failures on the pitch were of course down to bad luck or the players and not - heaven forbid - Harry himself. It's an easy, entertaining read, but if you want anything more than superficiality - such as formations or finance - then look elsewhere.
Aug 11, Jo rated it really liked it. As noted by previous reviewers, this isn't your typical football autobiography. Harry has lots of fantastic stories to tell and even if a particular part of his career doesn't grab you unlikely, as the style if writing throughout Always Managing is very compelling and frequently peppered with his trademark good humour , the narrative progresses quickly with little dwelling on past glories or formative years, setting the book apart from many sports biographies.
Harry's honesty about both the hig As noted by previous reviewers, this isn't your typical football autobiography. Harry's honesty about both the highs and lows of his career is also refreshing. His love of the game comes across above all else, and his insight into British football over the past several decades is fantastic.
I would agree with one of the jacket quotes, which states that this is a must-read for any British-born football fan readers from elsewhere, you will find much to enjoy but may balk at the descriptions of the heavy drinking culture once prominent in English football!
Also recommended for the brilliant photo plates - Harry definitely looks like the England manager that never was while posing with his two hefty bulldogs. A perfect read in preparation for the new PL season.
Apr 15, Simon Zohhadi rated it really liked it Shelves: Harry in his own words comes across as a nice guy and family man. What I like about Harry is his modesty. He's not a man who goes around boasting about how good he is. Says things like anybody could have got this Tottenham team out of relegation.
Not sure about his version of the Billy Bonds situation or his opinion about Hartson's nasty attack on his team-mate. I reserve judgement on both. Nevertheless, he appears to be a friend you could trust. There are some amusing comments about some of his Harry in his own words comes across as a nice guy and family man. There are some amusing comments about some of his players.
There aren't many major revelations but the book is entertaining all the same.
A football man through and through and despite the court cases and accusations, probably one of the more honest and genuine guys around. Feb 22, Jon Athan rated it liked it. With Harry in the headlines again today because of his interview with Football Focus, this makes it all a more interesting and insightful read. A brilliant autobiography and insight into English football.
Comical at times, heart wrenching at others but always true in it's tone. Some of the stories do become a little repetitive and tend to trail off but this is to be expected by one of footballs greatest managers.
Manager first and writer after the fact. I've always had a lot of respect and time for With Harry in the headlines again today because of his interview with Football Focus, this makes it all a more interesting and insightful read. I've always had a lot of respect and time for Harry Redknapp and reading this has only increased that level of respect. If things don't work out with Sherwood at Villa, I for one, would welcome him at my beloved Aston Villa. Amiable and enjoyable wander through Harry's adventures in football, from watching and playing as a kid in the fifties to present-day relegation and rebuilding of his QPR team.
Maintains a bemused innocence about his most controversial financial incidents, but at least explains his point of view in detail. The writing becomes more guarded and more the voice of Martin Samuel the ghostwriter as it nears the present day.
I guess that's inevitable, but still an entertaining read and much more fun Amiable and enjoyable wander through Harry's adventures in football, from watching and playing as a kid in the fifties to present-day relegation and rebuilding of his QPR team. I guess that's inevitable, but still an entertaining read and much more fun than Alex Ferguson's book. Jan 20, Cockneylen rated it really liked it. Harry is one of a kind, and I miss him being out of the game. Although I think that the biography is pretty well written to paint him in a holier than thou light, and have some serious reservations about all the stories, I really did enjoy the book.
It takes me back to a time when football really was the man in the street's game, and not dominated by multi millionaire players who care more about their pay packet than the club. As a lifelong West Ham fan, I'm still not happy that he managed Totte Harry is one of a kind, and I miss him being out of the game. As a lifelong West Ham fan, I'm still not happy that he managed Tottenham, but even so, he is an absolute character. The game needs more like him. Feb 19, Steve Parcell rated it really liked it Shelves: Always loved Harry particularly as he managed my club Tottenham.
This book didn't disappoint. BUt it also added many layers to his character. He is much more than a jovial wheeler dealer. He has far more heart and soul and intelligence.
Added events like his nearly fatal car crash in Italia 90 that I knew very little about and losing his best friend. Very interesting funny and equally sad, its a fascinating read. Amazing man, amazing book! This book about the managing legend Harry Redknapp, is one of the best that I have ever read. The book not only talks about his managing career, but also his personal life and playing career. This book shows that he is an amazing man, and someone really to look up too.
Even if your not the biggest fan of him, I would recommend this book to anyone. Amazing man. Jun 01, Andy Papanicolaou rated it liked it. The book was well written, but I couldn't help thinking that Harry was using it merely to placate himself from clearly some wrongdoing. Interesting, though, and a good read. Always fascinates me to read about what really according to Harry!
Oct 31, Jason Bagley rated it really liked it Shelves: If you have any love for the premier league, Harry's book is a must read. It reads just like him talking and offers some great insight into the life of a premier league manager. I do wish there was more mention of the actual day to day stuff managers and players get up to, but overall, a great read.
Jan 08, Godowd rated it really liked it. This book comes across like one big long interview with Harry. You know what you get from Harry - lots of anecdotes and some simple truths. I really enjoyed this book as Harry did not try to be something he is not.
Definitely one of the better sports books - a good easy read. One of the better footballing autobiographies with an interesting insight into his playing and managing career.
Not brilliantly written in places repetitive and paints himself in a very positive, blameless light when I suspect the opposite is true but a good read nonetheless. Jun 08, James Ware rated it really liked it Shelves: This is one of the better football autobiographies I have read. Very open and honest with some great little anecdotes and tails on the various managers and players. Particularly liked the tale of Barry Fry when he was manger of Maidstone United.
Jun 10, Stuart McIntosh rated it really liked it Shelves: There's a fair bit of nostalgia and humour as you'd expect. Little glimpses of the the old days, how West Ham let themselves down with their disrespect of their own heritage.
The story of Bobby Moore from someone who knew him directly and of Julian Dicks were the most enjoyable for me. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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He is not the stereotypical wheeler-dealer Del-Boy that we all like to portray him as, though he does show a bit of that in the book, particularly with Bournemouth, there is a lot more to the manager and man than that. He has no qualms about showing that he is most comfortable with football in his life and shows that it doesn't take all the analysis and statistics the modern managers of today to become a great manager. His me One of my favourite books about a true character in the beautiful game.
His methods on treating players like Merson and Kanu while at his club and why three good players will always be better for a relegation-battling side than one true great with a bad attitude show why he has kept up with the times when other managers have fallen by the wayside and shows why QPR could not be saved, that was a shambles of a club, if the documentary on them didn't show that already.
But it's the stories around the football rather than on it that make this book stand out as one of the best autobiographies on the sport.
The antics of Paulo Di Canio, how Kanu still had a few years left in him, playing with Bobby Moore, there's more to this manager than most modern equivalents today. This is football from the 60's still working in the world of today and in the end you have to admire the more-rounded character that this book shows.
A must-read in my opinion. I have read footballing autobiographies before and they really aren't that well written.
So I was completely surprised how absorbed I became in this one. I think it is due to Harry's vast experience in the game that made this tale particularly entertaining and insightful. His chapter on Bobby Moore was fantastic and some of the tales of premiership footballers were hilarious and at times, sho Although I am a big football fan LFC , I was sceptical when my fella bought me this book for Christmas.
His chapter on Bobby Moore was fantastic and some of the tales of premiership footballers were hilarious and at times, shocking. An easy entertaining read with stories from his career that highlight how football has changed from the working man's game where players used to drink and eat unhealthily to today's millionaire players who are instructed to follow strict diets.