Alex: The Man Behind the Legend by David Lyons is a biography of Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s famous manager. Mr. Lyons is a bestselling author from Ireland.
- 320 pages
- Publisher : Redbarn Books
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1916051898
My rating for Alex: The Man Behind the Legend – 4
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Alex Ferguson is one of the most successful, and well-known, managers in the history of soccer. He led Manchester United to multiple titles, British and European, including the elusive Treble in 1999. A Treble is when a club wins three trophies in a single season, in Man U’s case: Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League. Widely regarded as the greatest soccer manager of all time, he is just as famous as the team’s most beloved players.
I have certainly heard of Sir Alex Ferguson, however, I have not read any books by, or about him. Alex: The Man Behind the Legend by David Lyons certainly opened my eyes to the contributions Mr. Ferguson made not only to Man U. but to the sport of soccer as a whole.
I enjoyed the writing very much, especially how the author wrote the accents. Enough to let the reader know what they might sound like, but also not too much as to make us work hard to understand what they’re talking about.
More than anything, I enjoyed reading about Mr. Ferguson’s management and leadership style. He was planning years ahead, building a club, not a team. His tremendous memory for people served him well, and I can certainly see why people of all ages and cultures followed him through thick and thin.
I am no soccer scholar, I know names, teams, highlights, and enjoy watching the game (and playing if it’s not too hot and if these old knees don’t act up). I have to take the author at this word of events, and players. But as I mentioned, I enjoyed the other aspects of the book, namely the management style.
The author does refer to many other books and movies about Mr. Ferguson, so I can only assume that if you read 2-3 books on him, nothing here might be of any news. I, however, have not.
The one complaint I do have is the phrase “which you can read about in detail in a later chapter”, which is repeated so many times it gets annoying. I did, however, enjoy reading the book very much and my appreciation of Mr. Ferguson, which was already very high, went up several notches.
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