From the publisher:
Silver Linings examines an historic and unforgettable period in the history of England's national football team. In his eight years as England boss, Bobby Robson was celebrated, derided, Diego-ed, and everything in between. His team missed one European Championship, self-destructed at another, were cheated out of Mexico 86, and then, just before he left, came within two kicks of a World Cup final.
On this journey he had managed the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly. But through it all he maintained his belief not only in himself and his team, but in the notion of England. Faced with an unprecedented level of media hostility, Robson's team were inconsistent and frustrating, but at their best few could match them. Alf Ramsey may have won football's greatest prize in 1966 but no other England manager could equal the sheer drama of Robson's eight years in charge.
Set against the backdrop of a vicious newspaper circulation war and the rise of hooliganism, this is the story of how Robson managed to deliver the seemingly impossible: hope.
David Hartrick has written for The Guardian, When Saturday Comes, Football365 and many other publications. His work has featured in various books including Premier League Nuggets, IBWM: The First Two Years and Falling for Football. He has appeared on an embarrassing number of podcasts and lives in Huddersfield with one wife, one daughter and one French bulldog. He has convinced none of them to join him in supporting Brighton & Hove Albion.
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