Managing My Life: My Autobiography

Managing My Life: My Autobiography

Alex Ferguson

Language: English

Pages: 496

ISBN: 0340728558

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Alex Ferguson is an unusually intelligent man with a compelling life story. He runs the Manchester United Football players with a rod of iron, but is universally respected for his managerial style and for the way he cares for the welfare of his players. Here he talks about his tough upbringing in Govan, his strong political convictions, his own playing days and then the shift to management which has resulted in his becoming a legend in his lifetime. He also talks of his constant battle to relieve the pressure suffered by his young players as they become showbiz personalities. Manchester United have a massive network of fans throughout the world - this book is sure to be in great demand.

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