More than a brilliant coach, he was a complicated, contradictory man. The former history teacher would tout the ideals of democracy yet run his football empire as an absolute monarchy. But he had a surprisingly altruistic side, hidden from the public,.
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More than just a standard biography, A Fire to Win explores the psychological motivations of one of the most complex of coaches. Parcells: A Biography. Bill Gutman. By then he had won games, lost , tied one, led three major pro football teams out of serious slumps, and taken two of them to the Super Bowl. He had made football history; he'd become the NFL's miracle man. Both intimidating and disarming, with a tongue like a whip and the temperament of a tyrant, Bill Parcells joined the failing New York Giants in By he'd twice taken the team to the Super Bowl.
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You may love him, you may hate him. But whatever you think of Da Coach, you know he ducks no punches. Tough, no-holds-barred stories told by Ditka's drinking buddies, combative players, loyal teammates, friends and fans, show Da Coach through the eyes of the people closest to him.
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Dozens of narrative tales fill this volume, which is packed with photos, quips and quotes plus color photos and illustrations featuring Cardinals baseball; an exclusive feature found nowhere else. Fun for the whole family it makes a great present for the Cards fans and on everyone s holiday g Nearly 40 tales from friends, fellow NBA players, journalists and fans including contributors Yao Ming and Bob Ryan fill this volume, which is packed with photos, quips and quotes and a color reproduction of Sports Illustrated and New York Post covers featuring Jeremy; an e Louis Cardinals.
He has worked with the team for 29 years. The former Chelsea manager's experimentation with confrontational leadership, pushing his charges right to the limit in search of a reaction, has had diminishing returns. The bonds forged with players such as John Terry and Javier Zanetti have proved hard to rekindle elsewhere. M any of those Chelsea and Inter players will speak about Mourinho with something approaching love, so the attritional aspects of his character can be overstated. S o much of Mourinho's behaviour though, makes sense when you think of him as a frustrated footballer - a man who never had his time under the bright lights and was keen to make up for lost time.
Running down the touchline in celebration at Old Trafford; having the sprinklers turned in him in the Nou Camp centre-circle; shaking hands with his Chelsea staff before full time at Highbury; taking his seat in the dug-out before the players emerge to ensure maximum on-camera time. All of these are forms of showboating, like the egregious sequence of stepovers or goading keepy-uppy near the corner flag Mourinho missed out on.
An irony then, that he should spend his time in exile surrounded by former professionals in a television studio - an all-too-chummy milieu where medals are currency, thighs are slapped and "Thierry would have been proud of that one".
What of Mourinho the pundit? We have not seen him since the opening weekend when he dissected Chelsea and Manchester United, but the early signs were promising.
The technical knowledge is without question, and he adds impressive detail on the challenges of facing the best around today rather than rose-tinted war stories about rivalries long gone. His discussion with Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville about the difference between changing systems and unchanging principles was a corker. I t is not where Mourinho belongs, but then marching out of step is nothing new for football's outsider. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.
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