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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Listen to 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.

©2022 Simon Jordan (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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This is the best audible I’ve listened to date.

I can’t label myself as someone who has used audible books a large amount of times.

And mainly get attracted to people who narrate it themselves for one and have had a career that has been worked at and tend to have controversy to contend with.

The finest 5 books to date in my option is:
1. Simon Jordan
2. Will Smith
3. Neil Warnock
4. Tyson Fury
5. Eddie Hearns

But in truth this gripped me all the way and wouldn’t allow me to ever let distractions interfere and accept missing a second of SJ’s accounts.

I’m a Villa fan since birth but after hearing Warnock’s take on time at Palace under Jordan which wasn’t something I
Knew of really, I then watched the Amazon Documentary on The Eagles which cover time after Jordan’s tenure. This account of events really answered my questions and made become
Fond of Palace and really stamp my liking to Jordan’s opinions and ideas.

His radio work on Talksport tends to more often than not agree with my thoughts!

Must read or listen

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What a story. What a life…….so far

Very different to what I thought it would be. It gives a real insight into the football world but surprisingly gives you a real insight into a man and his passion. Loved it

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A Great Listen

Who'd own a football club? Not me for, now, even if I could. Simon Jordan's frank and honest opinions and experiences about what appears to be on the face of it a very glamorous and lucrative lifestyle, are well worth a listen.

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Great listen

Loved it, finished it in no time at all!
great insight in all things football

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Very inspiring listening

I thoroughly enjoyed Simon’s story. I run a business and can relate to the fact that people without skin in the game are all too eager and willing to spend your money like confetti. I have taken a lot from this book and his experiences. A real eye opener!!!

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Warts and all, the person and the football industry

Simon tells his story in a very believable way. On face value it is presented without trying to justify his own failings, or bury those he fell out with.
It is very easy to listen from start to finish with minimal breaks.
My only criticism is that it ends most abruptly with his parting with Crystal Palace. At the beginning of the book it is autobiographical, birth, childhood, parents, friends, education etc. Then it is almost all about the trials and tribulations of owning a football club and is fascinating and truly enlightening. But I had hoped that with an audiobook being released in 2022 he could have added to the end a succinct description of his life after Crystal Palace.
All in all a great listen, full of life lessons that came at a very high price.

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amazing

amazing book people love football should ready it for any football fan it great

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Great account of his ups and downs

Really good, honest account of his time at Palace, and mistakes made, well read from start to finish.

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Outstanding best book I’ve listened to for quite a while, highly recommended well worth the purchase

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A great, honest listen to the rise of Simon Jordan

Thoroughly enjoyable, laugh out loud moments in a book you'll want to hear again.