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    DescriptionAlex Ferguson is an unusually intelligent man with a compelling life story. He runs the Manchester United Football players with a rod of iron, but is universally respected for his managerial style and for the way he cares for the welfare of his players. Here he talks about his tough upbringing in Govan, his strong political convictions, his own playing days and then the shift to management which has resulted in his becoming a legend in his lifetime. He also talks of his constant battle to relieve the pressure suffered by his young players as they become showbiz personalities. Manchester United have a massive network of fans throughout the world - this book is sure to be in great demand.


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    Title
    Managing My Life
    Subtitle
    My Autobiography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alex Ferguson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 50 mm
    Weight: 962 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780340728550
    ISBN 10: 0340728558
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: BGS
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: BGSA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4A
    DC21: 796.334092
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: WSJA
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: SPO040000
    Thema V1.0: SFBC, DNBS1
    Illustrations note
    16pp colour and 16pp b&w illustrations
    Publisher
    Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Imprint name
    Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
    Publication date
    01 December 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born in Glasgow in 1941, Alex Ferguson was playing football at an international level as a school boy. He began his professional playing career in 1958 with Queen's Park. Four times winner of manager of the year, he has been the manager of Manchester United for twelve years during a time when they have become the most successful and richest club in the world.
    Review text
    The finest manager the British game has ever had tells his own story, with the extremely capable help of Hugh McIlvanney. An average playing career has been followed for Alex Ferguson by a glorious managerial career in both Scotland and England which has seen him win every domestic trophy, The now-defunct European Cup Winners Cup (twice) and, famously, the European Cup. The book is centred on that astonishing night in May 1999 when Manchester United won the Champions League to clinch a unique Treble (also featuring the domestic title and the FA Cup). Ferguson is proud of his triumphs, but he is also proud of his roots in Glasgow, and tells of his difficulties with the religious divides of the city (his marriage crosses the barriers) and his battles as a union steward in the Clyde shipyards, as well as his playing and early managerial traumas before hitting the big-time at Aberdeen. This story is personal and political, football and human. Yet he can be a strange one. After preaching the value of loyalty, he exposes the problems he had with his chairman, with his assistant manager and with some of his players - and those concerned have since voiced their upset at the treatment. This is not the only time that Ferguson comes across as exceptionally ruthless. The message that this is a man not to be crossed is plain. Amongst football's higher echelons, this autobiography is peerless, easily rising above the usual anodyne offerings, not bad for a man with a day job like his. (Kirkus UK)