Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Simon Jordan

  • Release Date: 2012-06-07
  • Genre: Football
Score: 4.5
From 171 Ratings
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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


  • Great book

    By arnie0366
    I must admit he changed my opinion of him. I really recommend this book as a real insight to owning a football club. I suppose it is everyone's dream to own your club but the reality is portrayed in this book.
  • F***ckin' brilliant

    By Blueyoo
    You must not miss it!!!!
  • Mr

    By Benmalvern
    Compelling reading! Best book I've read in some time.
  • Amazingly Honest!

    By Bradf11
    Fantastic read to hear from a chairman who i always liked as he didnt take it lying down. Names and shames players who were mercenaries. Couldnt put it down.
  • Brilliant!!

    By LeeSP
    Probably like most people, I thought Jordan was a wide boy on an ego trip...maybe he was, but there is so much more to him and this book. Truly a fascinating brilliant read!
  • Thanks for the insight

    By Oxymornish
    Being a Millwall fan , may seem a little strange my reading this , but it being recommended by a good friend , I did, enjoyed every page Simon . You brought the battles to life, shame you did not win the last one , even though I knew the result , the strange thing was my willing the end to turn out better for you, good luck for you and your family for the future. A great read recommended even if you are not a football supporter . Steve Blakesley
  • Top read

    By Stuart Martin
    A real enjoyable read that had me a little stressed at times imagining what Jordan went through. Five stars from me.
  • Excellent Book...

    By Mark-2000!
    This is an excellent book and has to be one of the best that I've ever read.
  • An excellent read...

    By Charlton Greg
    As a Charlton fan with not much love for Palace, you'd expect me to dismiss this book from Simon Jordan. However all the reviews said it was refreshing and honest opening the lid on the murky world of football. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
  • Be careful what you wish for

    By Addy197676
    A brilliant and honest autobiography from one of the most interesting people in football. Still remember the writ served to Ian Dowie at his Charlton press conference, funniest thing ever!!!