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Managing My Life: My Autobiography: My Autobiography (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Ferguson
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When considering the public face of Sir Alex Ferguson--the unsmiling, world-beating football manager who has taken just about all the honours the British game has to offer--it is difficult to imagine that he grew up as the son of a ship builder on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow. Yet Ferguson's story is much the same as many others who have made it to the top in the sport: a boy with talent who rose above the expectations of his working-class background to become a household name throughout the world.

Such is the power of football; but more relevantly, such is the power of raw talent, pure determination and a bit of good luck. In Managing My Life Ferguson tells the story of just how he developed from a football-mad youngster to the first British manager to win the FA Cup, the Premiership and the European Cup in one season; but whereas others with a similar experience romanticise their tough upbringing and eulogise it from the comfortable position success affords them, with Ferguson there is the feeling that the tough, uncompromising way he runs his team is a direct product of values instilled in childhood that he still holds close.

I grew up accepting that shipbuilding was part of the fabric of my existence. In a community that relies heavily on a single industry, there is an intensity of shared experience that draws people together and tends to make them appreciate the need to support one another. It has been said that the values great managers like Jock Stein, Sir Matt Busby, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley brought to their jobs in football were rooted in their mining background. I have no doubt it is true and I am sure, too, that any success I have had in handling men, and especially in creating a culture of loyalty and commitment in teams I have managed, owes much to my upbringing among the workingmen of Clydesdale.

Opening the book with a word on his recent Treble success (after all, who could be expected to wait until the end of this extraordinary story for all the gory details?), Ferguson soon reveals the big secret of his success--family support. The constants throughout his life have been close friend and family relationships and an absolute passion for winning, and both are constantly recurring themes throughout the book. Candid, thoughtful and passionate, this is certainly a story no Ferguson lover can miss. But, more importantly, it is one those who hate him should be made to read--if you thought the dour face and frequent complaints to the referee were his whole character, you are sorely mistaken; they are symptoms of his never-ending quest for perfection.--Lucie NaylorThis text refers to the hardcover edition of this title.


The best football autobiography I have ever read The Sunday Times The richest and most enthralling story in post-war British sport Independent Danielle Steele meets Geoffrey Archer, with a Booker Prize quality injected by Hugh McIlvanney Independent on Sunday A treat Sunday Express Ferguson emerges from this account as a genuine national hero, one of the great Scots of the 20th century Mail on Sunday Provocative, stimulating, emotional and honest The Herald


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 798 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 544 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hodder & Stoughton; Auflage: 2Rev Ed (8. Dezember 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0068PI1CU
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Managing my life, the story of the life of Alex Ferguson, one of the most famous football-managers in Britain as well as in Europe, was the first book in English language I read since a long time.
Although a couple of special football words are used and the start of reading was difficult, it took a short time to get involved with the life of Sir Alex. His carreer in sports, as an active player in Scotish football teams and particularly as a coach, and -espacially- the way he transformed Manchester United to the club it is today, is a fantastic part of football-history.
You get in touch with all the difficulties he had over the years to create the team of champions. After reading the book, Mr. Ferguson became a much more fascinating person to me as he had already been before.
If someone is interested in football and -of course- in Manchester United, it is a duty to have this kind of literature!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant Book 28. Juli 2005
Von Ulf Lilienthal - Veröffentlicht auf
This is the best sports book I have read. It is a great insight into arguably the best manager ever in the history of soccer. I always respected Sir Alex Ferguson anyway, but after reading this book, I even have more respect for his tactics and especially his ethical approach to life in general. Whether you are a soccer coach yourself, just a sports fan, or a business manager looking for insight into how to manage people better you will enjoy this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A MUST for all United fans! 30. Juni 2005
Von Siva Balan - Veröffentlicht auf
Being a soccer fan of the club Manchester United for 15 years, this book is truly a revealing account inside the mind of one of the greatest soccer managers of British Football.

This autobiography shows how a seemingly ordinary man was able to achieve phenomenal success in his managerial career. Alex HATES to be on the losing side and this is a major motivation for him to achieve success constantly on the pitch and on his personal life.

I would love to recommend this book to all Manchester United fans as well as sports psychologists and people working in a competitive environment. To achieve success (in whatever field), one MUST have confidence in his/her own ability and take on the world like a soldier on the battlefield. People with low self-esteem should read this book to bring out their own competitive nature.

Finally,the statistics which show Alex Ferguson's playing and managerial record (at the end of the book) is indeed invaluable to the true soccer fan. This provides the "icing on the cake" for this honest work of brilliance by Ferguson.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bravo from a yank 13. Dezember 2009
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Stellar read with much insight into football (soccer) at many different levels. Sir Alex has an amazing story to tell and if you want to better understand the global love hate relationship with Manchester need to look further. This is not a book on soccer tactics although they are discussed, but instead is exactly what the the title states; the story of Ferguson's life. It is well written and he doesn't hold back or sugar coat any controversial happenings, he rather tells it as it is through his mind's eye which is refreshing and makes for an engaging read. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in seeing pure passion, leadership and hard work mold boys into men who win trophies and titles for the record books, but the greater achievement is their development of integrity and character that Sir Alex instills in them through tough love and discipline. Ferguson is always fighting the good fight, battle by battle and leading with a steadfast faith knowing that the end justifies the means. This book expanded my horizons (being from the states) and I couldn't put it down and am looking forward to hearing the rest of the story when it is all said and done.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 3 reasons to read this book (with a pinch of salt) 8. März 2015
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Sir Alex Ferguson, as the Premier League's greatest manager of all time, was equally ruthless in his words as the way his team demolished his rivals. Though not exactly a Manchester United fan during his reign, it was always wonderful to see how his team played on the field. Here are 3 reasons why you should read this book.

* As with most football autobiographies, it is a perfect opportune for the author to write things from his own perspective, and more often than not, there are criticisms involving players and managers. Perhaps not coincidentally, United have many of the famous players at that time, including Ronaldo, Beckham and Wayne Rooney. (He once made Beckham shave off his Mohawk in the United dressing room.)

* As mentioned with the previous point of revealing things that the media does not know, we see how Alex Ferguson views himself as a person - he admits some decisions are difficult but also explains why they had to be made.

* We all have to see how this great manager rose to become one of the greatest because he stuck at his job even as the results did not show and ultimately his talent in managing teams shone.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sir Alex 23. Juni 2013
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As a Liverpool FC fan,and he's the one that solely shifted the balance of England's "football power" from Merseyside to Manchester,I 'd better skip this one....But I'll tell you-read it.A must for any football fan.Sir Alex reveals it all.BTW I liked the earlier Scottish part of the book better and more interesting as his Manchester United journey is much better documented and I think is a bit compressed here.Earlier part with Scottish life/stories/humor and so on is much more valuable.Tells a lot how his character and winning mentality developed
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