Sam Allardyce – Big Sam


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.

Author: Sam Allardyce
Narrator: Jonathan Keeble, Colleen Prendergast
Duration: 10 hours 8 minutes
Released: 15 May 2011
Publisher: Headline Digital
Language: English

User Review:

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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!