Archive for August, 2016

I’m delighted to bring you news of a first 5-star review for Jose Mourinho: The Art of Winning on Amazon. This brilliant write-up comes courtesy of Greville Waterman:

Amazon Review

The book continues to ride high in the Amazon charts – the paperback is in the top 20 chart for books on the Premier League and the ebook has been charting highly in the list for books on Chelsea (!?!).

Take a look here.

After the ebook release of my new football book Jose Mourinho: The Art of Winning yesterday – which you can buy from here – I am delighted to announce that the paperback has now been published today! Just in time for tonight’s game at Old Trafford. You can buy the paperback from here.

aMAZON Paperback screenprint

Jose Mourinho CoverOUT NOW! My new football book, Jose Mourinho: The Art of Winning. 

Published by Endeavour Press. And available RIGHT NOW as an ebook.

Expected pulication date for the paperback version: late August 2016.

Read the dedicated page for the book on this website here.

Or visit the official Facebook page for the book here.




Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo apart, the biggest, most marketable stars in world football today are the managers. The 2016-17 edition of the FA Premier League is being billed as the most exciting yet, and that’s not because of the influx of star players after the European Championships in France. Though some eye-catching names have joined the league, none have the cache of a Messi or a Ronaldo. None have the standing of a Jose Mourinho or a Pep Guardiola either. And so it is on the manager’s shoulders that the responsibility for delivering the customary Premier League spectacle falls. They are the galacticos.

With his burgeoning personal trophy cabinet, his box-office appeal, and most specifically his drama, Jose Mourinho is the biggest of the lot.

In 2016, he became manager of Manchester United, arguably the biggest club in Britain – certainly the one with the largest trophy haul, world-wide appeal, and romance.

Will it be “a match made in heaven or a marriage of convenience”, asked Hitesh Ratna in his editorial to the August 2016 issue of FourFourTwo magazine “as two giants look to restore their reputations. Will it all end happily ever after?”

Incorporating interviews with fans (of United, and of Mourinho’s former clubs), players (past and present), commentators and journalists, The Art of Winning endeavours to determine what effect the Jose Mourinho show will have on Manchester United as a football club and the Premier League as a whole by tackling eight key questions including the following:

When Manchester United signed Jose Mourinho as manager, Ed Woodward described him as: “quite simply the best manager in the game today”. Is Mourinho the best manager in the game?

“Football is a human science and not a sports science.” What is the management approach of Jose Mourinho?

“A United manager wouldn’t do that.” – Sir Bobby Charlton. Can Manchester United tolerate the dark side of Jose Mourinho?

“The cult of celebrity means managers are now arguably more important than playing-staff.” Paul Wilson, The Guardian. What is the role of the modern day Premier League manager and how has this changed over the years?


“Once a Blue, always a Red?”

Can a manager who is so recognisably a Blue become a Red



Fergie’s Finest: Sir Alex Ferguson’s First x11 (Endeavour Press, May 2013)

The Pride of All Europe: Manchester United’s Greatest Seasons in the European Cup (Endeavour Press, June 2014)

Louis van Gaal: Dutch Courage (Endeavour Press, August 2015)



A must read for any red. Scott the Red, Editor: Republik of Mancunia United Blog

The perfect gift for the red devil in your life! Sam Sharp, Manchester United fan

 Buy it now! Michael Hopkins, Manchester United fan


 A very enjoyable trip down memory lane. Goodreads Reviewer

 The book succeeds in encapsulating the hopes, dreams, disappointments and joys of so many different eras. Manchester United fan review on Amazon



Great research and insight make this a supreme football biography. Cool Reviews

 Excellent insight into this complex character. Nigel Craig, Amazon Reviewer

Mountebanks coverNow then. I’ve been giving this the get ready drum-roll for quite some time now, but I can finally confirm we’re very close to the publication date for this one… After all, we have a cover image (left) and a price-point now! Anyway, I’m pleased to announce that coming very, very soon now: my story ‘A Couple Rough Beasts Slouching into this Burg or that’, featuring in the brilliant new anthology Wordland 7: Mountebanks will be RELEASED INTO THE WILD.

This blurby-type text pilfered from Terry Grimwood’s Facebook post:

“Never give a sucker an even break…It’s coming very soon. WORDLAND 7: MOUNTEBANKS Edited by Allen Ashley. Cover art by the very talented Faye Reynolds. Guaranteed (terms and conditions do not apply) to cure baldness, the common cold and sundry ailments. Not only will it alleviate arthritis, fight flu, make the pallid peachy and the wan wonderful, it boosts vitality and has been SCIENTIFICALLY proven to PROLONG youth and even life itself!

Don’t just take our word for it, here are some GENUINE testimonials from happy customers. Mr G from Hertfordshire. “I have to say that since receiving my copy of WORDLAND 7, there’s a spring in my step and a twinkle in my eye. And I know that I will never go bald.”

And Mr A from North London says “Not since Lily the Pink’s Medicinal Compound have I found something to be so efficacious in every case.” There you have it folks. WORDLAND 7: MOUNTEBANKS will ONLY cost you £3.99. Not £2 or even £3, but a paltry £3.99!!!! can you afford to be without it?”

Remember Mr. Shake Hands Man on BANZAI? (If you don’t, here’s a link: Well, my new short story which has been accepted for publication by Avis Magazine (details below) isn’t based on that, but the title sounds similar… It’s a story called ‘Shaking Hands with Myself’. Watch this space for information as to how you can read the story once it is published.

Avis Magazine

Avis Magazine is a publication run by MA students at Manchester Metropolitan University.  ‘Shaking Hands with Myself’ answered their call for submissions of stories focusing on the theme of influence.  You can read more about the magazine here.