This book was bought for me as a present when I was a teenager and my intial thought was what do I want with this book? However when I started coaching in my early twenties this book proved invaluable in helping me pass my FA coaching license. Hughes breaks down the key factors of basic techniques (passing, heading, turning, dribbling, shooting etc.) and of basic tactics (defending, creating space, movement off the ball etc.)In terms of helping you know what to coach you won't find a better guide. However if you are looking for this book to teach you how to put on a coaching session you will be disappointed. Also it is based around Hughes flawed study that states the majority of goals (85%) come from 5 passes or less. This becomes his foundation for why teams should play direct football or what is commonly known when England tumble out of major competitions because we can't keep possession as the 'English Disease'
Take away this daft and dated concept though and you have yourself a valuable coaches handbook