Sir Alex Ferguson’s memoirs a must-have for all soccer lovers
Posted Saturday, October 26 2013 at 01:00
My curiosity has always made me an eager student of history and all the things that attempt to explain the stories that paint the pictures of the world we see today. And it is for this matter that I am a keen reader of autobiographies because to me they are a window into the fascinating world of history- makers.
I am not particularly picky and so in my free-time I will read Daniel Arap Moi as much as I would read about Nelson Mandela. I will go for past and present - politicians, business leaders, soldiers, sports personalities and just about anyone whose story I fancy or whose book I come across. It is a pass-time as much as it is a passion.
And it is with much enthusiasm that I now await Sir Alex Fergusons book aptly entitled “My Autobiography”. Sir Alex Ferguson has written before but this time somehow carries a different value proposition. It is to be expected that this one will be more open, vivid, and more brutally honest in that style of his because he is no longer captive to the collective responsibility of being leader to his men and manager of Manchester United.
Early this week the serialization kicked off in earnest and has been rightly accorded the kind of attention reserved for movers and shakers of industry. The sneak-peek reveals to me that there is more to it than just the obvious story of his uncontestable success and I just I can’t wait to lay my hands on the book.
I am hoping the book can carry me beyond the obvious and deeper into the small bits and parts that make up this whole picture of success we see. I intend to feed my hunger for detail even if am acutely aware that it can’t be easy to cram the eventful life of a manager of a gigantic football empire into just 350 pages.
But I am also sure that there are many others who could not be bothered about the rumblings of an old man.
And like his former club Manchester United which is off to a shaky start this season, they would rather brace themselves for the fall-out that the revelations in the book will inevitably create.
Of course there shall be areas in which the detail is vivid and confrontational and others in which it is scanty and timid. Whatever the reasons that is what I have come to expect from Autobiographies. They may reveal to us the world of any given man but in so doing also lay bear their worries and the things they would rather not talk about as well as the self-centered opinions they want us to hear or hold in awe.
In any case a business associate will be travelling down from Aalborg, Denmark in 3 weeks time. I have requested that he finds the space in his hand luggage to carry me my own hard cover.
I suspect this is going to be one for the collection and I am not sure I will be keen on lending it out. So I apologize to everyone in advance especially to those who have in the past been kind enough to lend me their own books.
Ferguson is the longest serving manager of Manchester United, overtaking Sir Matt Busby’s record on 19 December 2010, eventually completing more than 26-and-a-half years as the club’s manager. He has won many awards and holds many records including winning Manager of the Year most times in British football history. In 2008, he became the third British manager to win the European Cup on more than one occasion.