You might've seen a couple of posts on here I made about Bury's new manager that aren't the most glowing, purely based on a gut reaction to his appointment. However, I was browsing on my Kindle last week and noticed he had written (with the help of a ghostwriter) a very recent book about his playing and managerial career, mostly about coming through the ranks at Newcastle but it touched on his other clubs and stints as a manager up until about October 2016. There aren't any mentions of Bury but there are a couple of Rochdale, one being a compliment he paid to Keith Hill and another mentioning Jordan Rhodes' short loan spell there in 2008 (which I don't recall!). It's quite well ghostwritten and insightful in places and I thought I'd share in brief some bits that are of particular interest or just funny:
Whilst he was in negotiations to sign for Sunderland, he had a clause inserted into his that should he be called up to the England squad, he would receive a bonus. What he didn't disclose is that he knew he had been called up a day before signing it so he could get the bonus straightaway!
His brother has had time in jail for three armed robberies
His mum would knit nets for the goals when he played football on a grassy area near where he grew up
He's known Alan Thompson since they were sevenyears old and his mum was a dinner lady at the school they went to and they're best friends
He turned down an offer from Liverpool of £250,000 at 14 to join them
He's an advocate of bringing football apprenticeships back
He thinks a big reason why Newcastle fell away in 1995/1996 and lost their big lead to Man Utd is because Kevin Keegan dropped him from the side...
He signed Peter Clarke whilst manager of Huddersfield and described him as "someone I could rely on to be an extension of myself in the dressing room"
Jordan Rhodes had never heard of Kenny Dalglish...
He never got involved in salary negotiations of any player at Huddersfield
Rates Anthony Pilkington as his best ever signing as a manager
Tried to sign James Vaughan for Birmingham whilst he was manager but it fell through "because we couldn't get the budget for his salary"
Blackpool only hired cleaners from Monday to Friday, so he'd often find broken glass on the floor when he got to the ground on a Monday morning because of ongoing anti-Oyston protests
He couldn't even get the club to buy footballs for training with
Has some... choice words to say about Nile Ranger who he dubbed "Mr. Attitude"
He found it hard to sign players for Blackpool for a number of reasons, not least because Karl Oyston refused to ever pay agents' fees
The budget for the whole Kilmarnock squad per week is £20,000
The standard of Scottish football is higher than it's currently given credit for
Had an offer to join Newcastle Jets in the A-League whilst manager of Birmingham
Presciently said when Thompson refused his offer of being assistant at Kilmarnock that "I'm sure we'll work together sometime in the future"
Found it hard to adapt to East Ayrshire slang: "My first trip to Aberdeen on the team bus was another occasion where there was a breakdown in communications. The coach driver asked me if I knew Ken. Obviously, I didn't know who Ken was. He repeated it again and I still couldn't understand him. Then I thought maybe he'd called me Ken. I said, 'No, my name's Lee.' It brought a lot of merriment among the staff."
His youngest son Bobby is in the Newcastle academy system
When he was at Fulham, goalkeeper coach Mark Crossley said they should invest in a greyhound called Droopy's Okocha; the dog broke a leg in its first training session!
Extremely critical of Mike Ashley and the Newcastle side that got relegated last season (but not of Rafa Benítez)
Wants to manage Newcastle one day, shockingly
If he was president of FIFA/head of the FA:
He would be against an introduction of the 'Rooney Rule' (where at least one black or ethnic minority candidate has to be interviewed for a vacant head coach/manager position)
Also against shoehorning women into the mens' game "for the sake of it" but if they're the best for the job, they should get it
He would make U10s football summer based and do away with any work on tactics and shapes in that age group
He would bring back "proper reserve football"
Introduce a winter break in January
Localise the fixtures around Christmas and New Year
Obviously, you have to remember that some of the above will be biased in his favour but I still found that I 'knew' him a bit more after finishing the book and where he gets his ideas from and I'd recommend it to anyone on here who wants more of a feel for who he is.