Publication Date: 10/11/2022 ISBN: 9781472973351 Category:

Don Revie: The Biography

Christopher Evans, Johnny Giles

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 10/11/2022 ISBN: 9781472973351 Category:
Paperback / Softback





The life and times of Don Revie – one of the most complex and controversial men ever to grace the game of football.

Whenever the greatest managers the game has ever produced are mentioned, names like Busby, Shankly, Paisley and Ferguson trip off the tongue. Despite dominating the game in the late 1960s and ’70s there is one name missing: Don Revie, the former Leeds United and England manager.

Revie was one of the most complex and controversial men ever to grace the game of football. As a player, he was crowned Footballer of the Year and credited with creating the modern centre-forward. As a manager, he took a Leeds United side languishing in the lower half of the second division and turned them into not only league champions, but one of the most dominant sides in the country.

As England manager, Revie lost the magic touch and became increasingly indecisive. After three years in the role and fearing the sack, Revie became the first man to walk out on England.

Then came the backlash. Revie was branded a traitor and banned from the game for 10 years, and the press declared open season on the manager. Accused of offering bribes to throw matches, his reputation was destroyed. Shunned by the football establishment, he died just 12 years after walking out on England. Revie’s death, at the age of 61, robbed him of the opportunity ever to rebuild his reputation as one of the most important figures ever seen in English football. The life and times of this multifaceted, enigmatic, pioneering football man have still never been fully explored and explained in detail before.

Featuring new interviews with Johnny Giles, Kevin Keegan, Norman Hunter, Eddie Gray, Allan Clarke, Joe Jordan, Gordon McQueen, Malcolm Macdonald and members of the Revie family, this long-overdue biography reveals how today’s football owes so much to Don Revie.

Publisher Review

A no-holds-barred insight that convinces the reader that Don Revie stands amongst the giants of English football * Lord Mann * Excellent book... an honest and balanced assessment of Don Revie's career * Johnny Giles, legendary Leeds United midfielder * A superb read which explains in detail the extraordinary life and times of one of English football's most successful and controversial figures... * Alex Montgomery, former Chairman of the Football Writers' Association and chief football writer * An essential read for any football fan to chart the rise and fall of an enigmatic England manager * Ryan Sabey, The Sun * From hero to zero to post-humous redemption - Evans tells a tale of great human strengths and weaknesses that will resonate well beyond the world of football * Guto Harri, strategic comms adviser and broadcaster * This meticulously researched and expertly crafted exploration of the genius and human generosity of Don Revie lifts the veil of controversy from the legacy of one of football's greatest managers. * Jeff Powell, the Daily Mail's multi-award winning sportswriter *

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