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Football fans will love this insight into the life and mind of Big Sam. With nearly 20 years as a player - plus almost 25 years as a coach and manager - under his belt, Sam Allardyce is one of the most recognisable figures in British football.

'Big Sam' has been a robust defensive general throughout the seventies and eighties, and an imposing touchline presence as a gaffer since 1994. 

Over the last four decades, Allardyce has seen it all. The game he so loves is radically different to that in which he made his debut back in 1973, and in telling his wonderfully colourful story for the very first time, Allardyce talks intriguingly about the changing face of players and managers. His autobiography positively crackles with characteristic insight, honesty and hard-hitting opinions.

©2015 Sam Allardyce (P)2015 Headline Digital

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  • GORDON
  • 12-08-2016

Great character. Open and Honest Biography

Firstly, I assume that you are interested in English football (soccer) to get so far as to read this review. If you are not interested in football, this book most likely won't be for you, even though Sam is a really interesting character.. Me, I love football, and I loved this book.

This audiobook lasts for over 10 hours, but it felt like no time at all. I loved listening to this. There are...
- Some great insights into his playing days. Wow, how the world has changed so quickly from his days as a player
- Stories from his roller coaster life of difficult and good times
- A few moments of laughter from some funny little stories from the training field and dressing room. I'm sure there must be hundreds more though.
- Honest opinions on other managers and characters from the world of football
- His opinions on the way the game is developing.
- Open details of his personal and family life.

I can understand why he has been a successful manager. Sam is simply a great character and he communicates in a straight forward no nonsense way, and I liked that in this book.

Just a word of warning. There is some use of strong language used in this book, as the stories from the dressing room and contract negotiations etc. get told.

The book tells the story up to the end of his West Ham days. I'm already looking forward to a Part 2 that tells of him coming out of retirement to save Sunderland from relegation and of course...he is manager of England now!

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  • Jorene Cook
  • 27-04-2016

Masterful tactician

Sam was and still is a brilliant manger and for those of you who think likewise should read this book and allow Allardyce to explain how he's not a long ball coach. He uses his players strengths and exploits his opponents weaknesses as a great tactician would. Throughly love this book and highly recommend it!

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  • Troy
  • 04-04-2016

great listen and narration

great narration, understanding of the speach and context of European football. enlightening to listen. thanks

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  • A. M. Talbot
  • 16-12-2015

Bad voice

Good book and well written

Shame about the annoying voice who's attempt at a Sam pseudo Black Country accent was incredibly annoying

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  • Neil
  • 16-11-2015

Fascinating insight into the game.

Some really interesting experiences shared by Sam. Comes across as down to earth with a no nonsense approach to the game and life. I've often wondered how he would have worked out at Newcastle if given more time and had the football been better.

if Sam is half as good as he reckons Sunderland will be in good hands.

I enjoyed the reading, kept it moving and held my interest. Would recommend.

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  • Wayne Flint
  • 30-11-2015

Big Sam's grand slam!!

Big Sam's always been one of those colourful characters in football. Kick n rush amongst other things said about him. I was intrigued after seeing him do amazing things at Bolton and also gobsmacked he left West Ham having done brilliantly.....so bought his book.
What an absolute breath of fresh air!!! Honest, funny, insightful. Very interesting reading Sam's take on things that were in papers 're England job, doing the right thing, and his insight into players and the revelation of his ground-breaking use of preperation for games and optimising players abilities.I have come to admire, respect and warm to the big man and will smile when I see him being interviewed from now on.. Lynn's take on things at the end is great too. Great listen. Narrator is great.....but did notice the drop from Northern accent to black country a few times, but definitely felt it was Big Sam telling his story.

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  • C. Baxter
  • 12-02-2018

Enjoying it.....

But who is the guy reading it? He reads the book in a Lancashire accent, then every so often throws in a bit of Brummie, as if someone's reminding him where Sam is from. It's quite bizarre.
Anyway, it's a cracking book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-2017

Good read, but needs updated

Good memoir and well narrated in true Allardyce style. Could lose the chapter by his wife, and be usefully updated to include, England, Palace and Everton.

But like big Sam, does what it says on the tin.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-2017

couldn't stop listening

a famtastic insight into a true football gentleman's career so far it was a frustrating night very enjoyable listen

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  • Nick 757
  • 10-10-2017

Amazing

Wow, what a fantastic book Big Sam is a credit to football, this book is funny, honest touching, and incredibly well written, as a Newcastle United fan I honestly believe Big Sam would have made my club great again, I recommend this book to anyone !!

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  • Liam W.
  • 06-09-2017

Says more than he has to!

Good story covering a long career with ups and downs. Very revealing at times. Decent

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-2017

good book

good book, well written but his wife wasn't needed tbh, over complaining about the ref we're negatives

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  • James
  • 03-02-2017

What a fantastic listen *****

I have to be honest I really enjoyed this book from start to finish which gave a great insight into Sam and all aspects of professional football. The chapter from his wife was a great touch and their genuine story of rags to riches is touching from apprenticeship to the millions of top flight management. I recommend this book to any true football or sporting fan Sam was ahead of his time!