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Uwe Rosler has just published his autobiography – “Knocking Down Walls” – which is available in hard back and download only currently. Beesotted’s Savvy Bee takes a look inside:

As I only have two books on my brand new iPad mini it’s difficult to tell how long Uwe’s book is but at a rough guess it’s half the length of Danny Baker’s autobiography. Is this important? Well, not really but as I rattled through it I wanted to know if it was because it was a stonking good read or the size of a pamphlet. I’m going with the former.

I ought to point out that I don’t read many football autobiographies although I do read a lot about football and in fact, Danny Baker aside, I don’t read many autobiographies either.

I’m guessing autobiographies are normally presented chronologically and Uwe’s is no different. He was born in East Germany as we all know and that provides a very interesting opening to the book. Life as a child and teenager growing up in a communist country makes a nice counterpoint to not only what we see in this country today but also what we remember of our own childhoods growing up in Britain. Of particular interest was the way a talented schoolboy footballer is processed through a state system, something that could be of interest to Greg Dyke in his new role.

As you would expect Uwe talks us through breaking into his local team and moving up the ladder as he is noticed and picked up by other bigger and better clubs. He even manages a couple of worrying run-ins with the Stasi (East German secret police). The Berlin Wall came down when he was still a very young player and the changes to the football set up throughout Germany in both league and international football are well told.

He admits to being something of a hot-head but clearly learns from his mistakes but his analysis of why his club is doing well or struggling shows a thoughtful nature and should be of interest to any student of the game.

As you would expect he has a strong passion for both English football and Manchester City in particular. Those of us who remember City before their sugar daddy know their fans to be passionate and genuine and even today show a certain style missing from their local neighbours (no not Rochdale!) The fact that they loved Uwe and his up and at ’em style and have kept that fondness over the years has created a genuine respect between player and fans which continues to this day.

Towards the end of his playing days Uwe is hit by the news of a very virulent strain of cancer and was only given a ten percent chance of survival. It’s made clear that there were so many occasions when the latest treatment could have seen the end of Uwe’s life, that even knowing the outcome doesn’t stop you from getting caught up in the emotion of it all.

With his playing career over Uwe is keen to get into management as soon as possible. A little training experience at younger age groups at Manchester City is just a stop gap. He knows what he wants and it’s not just a back room or coaching role. Disappointed with not getting a job in lower league English football he gets a break in Norway, does well and finally gets what he always wanted at Brentford.

He gives a good insight into life at Brentford, the set up and what he, Warburton and Benham are trying to achieve. He spills the beans on Gary Alexander’s move to Crawley, although without actually saying what Alexander said to Uwe in the phone conversation that so appalled him.I’m sure that will emerge at some point in the future and, for the time being, will make do with heckling Gary every time he plays against us. Which might not be often after his performance last weekend.

Uwe also discusses ‘that’ penalty (*spoiler alert – it was Trotta whodunnit *) and gives a good, clear account of the incident. Uwe was annoyed that the play off semi first and second legs were so close together with the final a long way off. He’s honest in saying that it was a struggle to work out how to plan for the big gap between games. Tragically, four days before the final his wife suffered a miscarriage. Rosler manages to comfort his family and prepare for our ultimately failed charge into the championship.

Uwe clearly loves his family both back home and in England, Manchester City, English football and, I think, Brentford too. A thoughtful, intelligent and committed individual who is learning all the time. I, for one, am proud to have such a man as our manager.

Savvy Bee

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