From kicking a ball under the street lamps of Poplar and standing on Highbury's North Bank with my dad, to playing with the boys of '66 at West Ham under Ron Greenwood, I was born head over heels in love with football and 50 years on that hasn't changed one bit. There's only one place I can ever be come three o'clock on a Saturday afternoon. I'd be lost without it.
Harry is the manager who has seen it all - from a dismal portakabin at Oxford City and training pitches with trees in the middle to the unbeatable highs of the Premiership, lifting the FA Cup, taking on Real Madrid in the Champion's League and, for a time, becoming the people's choice to lead the national team.
With his much-loved, no-nonsense delivery Harry brings us the full story of his rarely far from controversial life in the game u the heartache of his recent court case, his brush with the England job, learning the ropes at Bournemouth, nurturing English youth and gambling abroad at West Ham, his adventures at Portsmouth with Jim Smith and Milan Mandaric, the Southampton affair, Tottenham, Europe and Daniel Levy, and his current challenge at QPR.
It's a story filled with passion and insight, life-long footballing friendships and plenty of comic scrapes and bust-ups too. He takes you inside the drama of his legendary Houdini escape acts and the endless management game of high risk. While away from the pitch he talks of family, facing jail and even death.
This is the epic story of the greatest English manager of his generation and, along the way, the story of the British game over the last 50 years. Harry is the last of an old breed who has, against the odds, managed to move with the times and always come out fighting.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 12 / 2014
- 159 x 240 x 40mm