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Summary

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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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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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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Not bad

Cash money!! Don't Sam like a fat slice of the pie !! the last 51 secs is a plug for a betting site lol

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old school football told the old school way

As someone who was brought up and to some extent played old school football it was enjoyable to relate experiences from the book to my footballing experiences of days gone by.

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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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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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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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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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AMAZING

Such an interesting and in depth account, amazing to listen to, recommend this book very very highly!

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Not the dinosaur he is made out to be

Great book.
Sam is both funny and informative. It show how football has changed and offer a number of intresting incites

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Love his journey... worth a listen

Sam is without doubt an amazing person, it shows what talent and determination can do

The person who narrated was somewhat distracting, going from a London accent to Yorkshire and then midlands, it actually made me laugh out loud 😀👏🏻

Enjoy this book, and I admire and loved the honest narrative his wife shared.

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  • Jesper L Jorgensen
  • 10-08-19

Awesome book

One of the best books on soccer I have listened to. Really enjoyed the book

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  • GORDON
  • 12-08-16

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
  • 27-04-16

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
  • 04-04-16

great listen and narration

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