What more can be said about Manchester United’s legendary former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who turns 80 this December? As it turns out, 256 pages more. The tales from his 27 years at the football club, preceded by domestic success with Aberdeen, have taken on an almost mythical status. We’ve heard the stories of his bust-ups with the likes of David Beckham and Jaap Stam, but Harry Harris has dug a little deeper with Sir Alex: Simply The Best to get some of those we may not have heard.
Harris, twice a British Sports Journalist Of The Year winner, has previous in this field, with books on Jose Mourinho, Pele, Wayne Rooney and Terry Venables to name a few. He’s happy to declare Ferguson “the greatest of them all” and it’s hard to argue. There’s insight from former players, agents, journalists and chairmen, who do well to show the famously tough Scot in several different lights.
Former United captain Bryan Robson offers a tribute to his old gaffer with an enjoyable foreword; other ex-pros such as Pauls McGrath and Ince are on hand with some great stories, whilst Portuguese starlet Nani describes the fear he felt carpooling with Fergie after matches. The emphasis seems to be on unearthing golden nuggets as yet untold: 80 stories to represent 80 years of the great man.
Sir Alex: Simply The Best, Harry Harris (Ad Lib)
Price: £8.99. Info: here
words CHRIS ANDREWS
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