Risca man's book tells story of top football managers

Risca man's book tells story of top football managers

AUTHOR: Navdeep Rehill with copies of his book 'The Gaffer'

UNRIVALLED: Sir Alex Ferguson

FOREST FAVOURITE: Brian Clough

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A RISCA off-licence owner has published a book on Britain’s most famous football managers.

Navdeep Rehill, 34, sells copies of ‘The Gaffer’, which was released at the beginning of last month, at his S&S Stores shop on Commercial Street.

It is the second publication by the London-born author, following his book on British wrestlers, ‘Britain’s Heroes and Villains’. ‘The Gaffer’ is a biographical look at ten iconic British managers, including Kenny Dalglish, Brian Clough, Don Revie, Kevin Keegan, Bill Shankly, Sir Alf Ramsey, Bob Paisley, Sir Bobby Robson, George Graham and Sir Alex Ferguson.

The managers include:

Sir Alf Ramsey: His biggest achievement was guiding England to their only World Cup win in 1966. Prior to his international managerial career, Sir Alf turned Ipswich Town from a Third Division South side into unlikely Division One champions in just eight seasons.

Famous quote: “Never change a winning team.”

Bill Shankly: The Scot is regarded as one of Liverpool’s all-time heroes.

He guided Liverpool from the second tier of English football to three First Division Championships, two FA Cups, four Charity Shields and one UEFA Cup. He was succeeded by his long-time assistant Bob Paisley.

Famous quote: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

Sir Alex Ferguson: The recently retired Manchester United manager was in charge of the Old Trafford club for 26 years, winning an unrivalled 38 trophies, including a memorable treble in 1999 consisting of the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League.

Famous quote: “Football, b****y hell.”

Mr Rehill, who said he collated various pieces of information from TV documentaries and the internet to write the book, said: “I just want people to be more informative of football managers, because in my opinion they don’t get enough credit, compared to the players.

“I have been running the shop since June 2007 and that is quite good as well because you get to meet a lot of new people every day.

“But writing the book is a lot more fun because of the research involved and it is something I enjoy doing.

“I hope it will go down well with customers, a lot of them seem interested in football.”

‘The Gaffer’ looks at how Ramsey tactically outwitted opposing managers in the 1966 World Cup, how Fergie knocked Liverpool off their perch, and how Clough led Nottingham Forest to a European Cup glory.

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