BOOK REVIEW: Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography (Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton 2013)

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Arguably the greatest manager ever in English Football League history, Sir Alex Ferguson pulls no punches in this, his newly released autobiography.

Sir Alex’s story begins where his career ends, with his Manchester United crowned Champions for a record breaking 13th time.

Born in Govan, Scotland, Sir Alex shares his delight at having had the opportunity to play as centre forward for the team he supported as a boy, Glasgow Rangers.

Later, Sir Alex takes up football management in 1974, tasting his first success when taking Aberdeen to European Cup Winners Cup glory in 1983.

Then with his move to Manchester United in 1986, Sir Alex recalls his struggles of turning United from a mediocre midtable side into the dominant, record breaking force we know today.

Sir Alex’s love of books combined with his fascination in politics prove intriguing (he mentions a discussion he had with Gordon Brown about being a winner and rising to the top before Brown became Britain’s Prime Minister).

The mental battles Sir Alex contested on the pitch with other top leading managers over the years including, Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) and Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) equally make for some rather interesting and at times, thought provoking reading.

Then there’s the shocking revelation of how former club captain, Roy Keane, tried to sabotage the club before his career came to an end, while Sir Alex controversially suggests that Liverpool Captain, Steven Gerrard, unlike Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes (whom he compares to Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne) is not a world class footballer.

From humble beginnings, to becoming knighted by the Queen in 1999 and before his retirement from the game with an impressive haul of 49 trophies to his name, among them 2 European Champions League Titles, love him or hate him, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Autobiography, like himself, is a winner!

© Copyright 2014, Darell J Philip

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