The Damned Utd

The Damned Utd

A Novel

Book - 2014
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He was a real-life, working-class hero known as the "British Muhammad Ali" because he had a big mouth and wasn't afraid to use it. But Brian Clough wasn't a boxer, he was a soccer coach, known for taking backwater teams and making them into champions. In towns where people had little else, the hard-drinking and scrappy Clough was a hero. He was especially beloved for telling it like it was on behalf of small-town teams everywhere -- calling out the stars who played dirty, rival coaches he suspected of bribing referees, and the league that let them get away with it. And then one day Clough was offered a job coaching the big-city team he'd called the dirtiest -- the perennial powerhouse Leeds United. The Damned Utd tells the story of the legendary Clough's tumultuous forty-four days trying to turn around a corrupt institution without being corrupted himself -- the players who wouldn't play, the management that looked the other way, the wife and friends who stood by him as he fought to do the right thing.
Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House , [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781612193700
1612193706
Branch Call Number: FIC PEACE, DAVID
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 21 cm

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Dec 13, 2014

I don't know if its the best novel ever written about sport but it certainly is the most profane I liked the luxury of it the sad dissapointments as if nothing in the world mattered but soccer a metaphor for life? ...nah more or less a warning of complacency and that when its time to move on do so.

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