Read this explosive insight into the previously unseen world of football club ownership by one of the game's most-recognisable figures.
Multimillionaire at 32
Youngest Premier League football club owner at 36
His club and a fortune lost at 42
Owning your childhood club - that's the dream, isn't it?
Simon Jordan made his fortune building a mobile phone company from scratch. When he sold it for £75 million, he bought Crystal Palace FC, the club he'd supported as a boy, and led them into the Premier League.
Ten years later Palace was in administration and Jordan had lost nigh on everything. Be Careful What You Wish For lifts the lid on being the owner of a football club and how the game really works. Hopes and dreams sit alongside greed, self-interest, dodgy transfers, boardroom fights and dressing room dressing downs. Throughout no one is spared, least of all Jordan himself.
**A finalist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year**
**Shortlisted for the British Sports Book Award for best autobiography*
I was curious as to what this guy was about, his press cuttings portrayed him as arrogant and rude, but when you read this book you realise he is real, not fake, and will tell you to your face, not behind your back, he had a passion to succeed at Palace, but highlights in the book all the shenanigans of modern day football, which most of us would despair if we encountered in our daily work. He highlights with brutal honesty how football is actually tarnished with many unsavoury characters behind the scenes, but also does have a few genuine ones. The book basically highlights his biggest weakness which he appears to have run the club with his heart at times and not his head, not a bad trait, but personally to him a costly one financially. A good read gives a different insight certainly one of the better footballing reads for a long time. Alan. T
A very interesting read. Simon Jordan tells the story of his life and the reality of owning a football club in a brutally honest way. He doesn't try to present himself in a glowing light and is far more likeable than you would imagine. As an aside I also played for Maidstone Grammar in the cricket game that he describes in the early chapters and I remember them walking off as our fast bowler Sean Charlton scared the life out of them, so I can confirm that story was true!
What can I say except what a brilliant read,buy it you won't be disappointed