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Always managing: an autobiography by Harry Redknapp

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My daughter bought me, for Christmas, “Always Managing; an autobiography†by Harry Redknapp.
Harry Redknapp was the manager of West Ham, Spurs, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton etc. He now manages QPR. As a player he played for West Ham.
Actually this is a very good and enjoyable book to read. It made me laugh in some places. He talked about his time playing for West Ham and how badly Bobby Moore was treated by that club. His movement to play overseas in his last years as a player.
The book begins with is court case and how it affected him. He talks about transfers and how he got on with the clubs he has managed and is managing.

What interested me the most was when he managed Spurs. He tells us that he didn’t want to go to Spurs but preferred to stay at Portsmouth. But the director said he should go as they needed the money (£5 million for him). Portsmouth were in trouble at this time. He says he got on very well with Daniel Levy (Spurs director).

One of the criticisms over Daniel Levy was that at the end he never supported Harry in the transfer window. Harry says this isn’t true, he just didn’t need the players and in the January window you never were going to get anything good, anyway. Daniel Levy always supported Harry in the transfer window, according to Harry. He does say he was surprised to be sacked by him and can’t figure out why. But they stayed friends and lent him players to help him out at QPR. He talks about his European Cup matches and league matches and tells us stories of his time in those competitions.
He also says that when he went to Spurs – Spurs were bottom with only 2 points – that he wasn’t worried because Spurs had a very talent group of players. He couldn’t understand why Spurs were bottom. They finished 8th under him in his first season at Spurs.
Overall a very interesting and enjoyable read.

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Harry didn't write the book; he had a ghost writer. He dictated it, and we all know Harry likes a dick.

The ghostwriter was journalist Martin Samuel (West Ham fan) this should set enough people on here's blood boiling!

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Not interested in reading it. Harry was not Spurs' saviour. We did as much for his career as he did for us. Fair trade, now he should just slink off into the past. Thanks for the one season of Champions League football 'Arry but your last season with all the distractions effectively destroyed your Spurs legacy. Say no more...

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Martin Samuel, ghostvwriter of 'Arry's book and the journo. constantly hammering at AVB's door. Coincidence...NOT. remember how positive the Daily Mail was about Spurs when 'Arry was manager? What a difference after he was sacked and AVB came in...

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I read it and it was a very good read.  And well written by Martin Samuel.  It was clearly straight from the saggy pus.  I was like it was written by Harry, if he was a good writer and was literate.

 

It was nice to read about some of the old players, his experiences at other clubs and the funny stories.  I was disappointed with the lack of detail about certain things, but that's Harry.

 

He was also totally self-absolving, as per usual.  It was never Harry's head being turned or lack of rotation that caused spurs to never keep the blistering form up for the whole season. It was injuries.  He can never see the link or learn from mistakes, which is a pity, because in other ways he is a gifted coach.

 

When you think about the team he had, if he just had that bit more nous with tactics and how to rotate players we'd have had a great chance of winning the league.

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