The Gaffer: The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager

The Gaffer: The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager

Neil Warnock, Glenn Moore

Language: English

Pages: 299

ISBN: 2:00190352

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Ever wondered how a transfer deal is done? What a manager says during his pre-match team-talk? What he screams from the technical area? What goes on in training sessions, and on those long away trips? How a manager carefully builds a team, and what he does when the planning is disrupted by injuries? How he lifts a team after a crushing defeat, and keeps their feet on the ground after a resounding victory? How the man in charge handles the ever-present danger of getting sacked in the ultimate results business? In short, how one of today's top professional footballer managers somehow copes with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, with having to live, breathe and sleep football 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? Then read The Gaffer.

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world, and North East Derbyshire Schools but there were no scouts on the touchline – or if there were they didn’t offer me a trial. My chance came, believe it or not, when I worked at the 24-hour bowling alley. My job included giving lessons – I suppose, looking back, it was my first coaching role – and one of my pupils was married to the Sheffield United footballer Cliff Mason. When he picked her up I grabbed my chance and told him all about my football ability. Whether he believed me or he

moments because this is what you want, this is what you play for. For games and results like that, for feeling like you do tonight.’ The lads will then go out for a warm-down and I’ll have a bath. Someone will bring me a cup of tea and I’ll think about the game, about what the fans will be saying as they go home. At Sheffield I would cast my mind back to when I went to Bramall Lane with my dad. We’d walk round the corner, past the Territorial Army camp, up the hill, and I’d say to him, ‘It was

match I said, ‘I’m sorry, Rob, but I can’t be a hypocrite.’ I went back to the dressing room and said to the boys: ‘Sorry, lads, I couldn’t shake his hand, you won’t be getting much today.’ Surprisingly we still got a draw. Not that I always bear a grudge. Graham Poll is the ref who cost me the chance of leading the Blades out in an FA Cup final and for years I couldn’t stand him, not because of his error, but because of the way he smiled about it afterwards. When he did his three-card trick at

head. Over the years the football writer’s job has changed. To get on now young journalists have to create headlines and there is a difference in the questions they ask. They used to look for angles and talk about football, now it is all about headlines and personalities, no one ever asks about the game. Often you can tell within a couple of minutes a journalist has already done his story and is asking questions to back it up. But if you are clever enough you give the answers you want. When I

some great wins at places like Everton and Stoke. It was a matter of keeping ourselves out of the bottom three until we could strengthen in January but Tony, lacking experience in the game, listened to too many people. He wanted to talk to the fans, he wanted to be accountable. He was into social media and communicated with supporters on Twitter. He would go down to the Springbok pub by the ground and talk to fans. I used to tell Tony, ‘Don’t get involved like that,’ because you can never please

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