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Dennis Tueart is one of football’s most forthright and eloquent characters, and his long-awaited autobiography is the refreshingly honest story of his days as a flying left-winger with Sunderland, Manchester City, the New York Cosmos and England.
Typically candid in his views on his career, his clubs and his team-mates, Tueart also pulls no punches in recalling his nine years as a director of Manchester City when he helped oversee the club’s resurrection following the potentially catastrophic relegation to the third tier of English football in 1998. He reveals the inside track on the reigns of managers Joe Royle, Kevin Keegan and Stuart Pearce, as well as the power struggles in the boardroom in the years preceding the takeover by City’s current regime.
As well as Dennis’s reflections on his football journey, and his forceful views on Manchester City and the game itself, the book is also packed with great stories – from the Sunderland training session which involved the defenders heading golf balls, to a tour to the Far East with City when Asa Hartford offered to help stretcher him off then promptly dropped him. At the New York Cosmos – who had signed him to replace none other than Pelé during the razzmatazz heyday of the North American Soccer League, and for whom he starred alongside Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto – he rubbed shoulders with icons of showbiz and sport like Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Rod Stewart and Bjorn Borg.
Offering an intelligent insight into the world of football from the perspective of both a player and a club director, Dennis Tueart: My Football Journey is a powerful and entertaining story of the Sunderland cup final hero, Manchester City legend and one of the game’s most opinionated and enduring personalities.
All Dennis’s royalties from the sale of this book will go to the teenage and young adult cancer unit at The Christie cancer centre in Manchester.