An explosive insight into the previously unseen world of football club ownership.
Simon Jordan doesn't mince his words. After making million in mobile phones he decided to buy his boyhood club, Crystal Palace. At 31, he became the youngest chairman ever. He was also the most outspoken, announcing at his first Palace press conference: 'I don't give a **** about football protocol.'
Football is a notoriously murky world: overpriced players, dodgy transfers, top-level corruption. Of course, the establishment always closes rank and those at the top stay quiet. But Jordan doesn't do quiet. And now, for the first time, he lifts the lid on what really goes on behind the scenes in football. With his year-round tan Jordan may be a 'marmite' figure, but love him or hate him his story is a revelation.
Every fan dreams of owning their own club. As a boy Simon would break into the Palace grounds, where his dad once played, for a kick-about with his brother. And Simon's love for Palace remains undimmed to this day. But his owner's tale is a hair-raising story of desire and whimsy, success and disaster. It's a reminder to any fan -- be careful what you wish for.
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Croydon-born SIMON JORDAN made millions in his twenties selling mobile phones. In 2000 he bought Crystal Palace Football Club, which he'd supported since childhood. Aged 31 he became the youngest Chairman in history. Ten years later, after ups, downs, and a huge amount of money spent, Jordan quit the club after being forced into administration for reasons beyond his control. During his ten-year tenure he was never afraid to speak out. He wrote a widely-followed series of columns for the Observer, which commented forthrightly on the game today.Review:
"A frank and brutal insight into why football and business don't mix" -- Theo Paphitis "One hell of a read" Sport Magazine "Bad luck and bad decisions make for a page-turning read" Shortlist magazine "Brash, flash and full of bottle-blond ambition" -- Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday "One of the best football books you will ever read" Birmingham Post
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Descripción Yellow Jersey Press, 2012. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110224091816