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Michael Grant , Rob Robertson
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6 Oct 2011
In exclusive interviews with Sir Alex Ferguson, George Graham, Jim McLean, Eddie Turnbull, Graeme Souness, Gordon Strachan, Kenny Dalglish, David Moyes, Alex McLeish and Walter Smith, as well as a host of others, Michael Grant and Rob Robertson reveal the huge contribution Scots managers have made to the world game. The first book of its kind, this clever, original, and brilliantly realised analysis presents fascinating accounts of each man, profiling their history, the clubs they've served, their individual strengths and weaknesses, and their impact on the game itself. It is a deeply researched and compelling work which also presents illuminating material on legendary names from the past, such as Sir Matt Busby, Jock Stein and Bill Shankly, while exploring the real personalities of the Scottish managerial game, men like Jim Leishman, John Lambie and Steve Paterson who brought both laughter and tragedy to the dressing room. With a special section on Scots who managed the Old Firm, it also shows for the first time how Scottish coaches have spread their football gospel all round the world and why places such as Brazil, Italy and the Czech Republic have them to thank for driving forward their domestic game. Insightful, measured, revealing and utterly unique, this is a must-read for football fans the world over.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178027016X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780270166
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Excellent … an enthralling read.' --Irish Times

About the Author

Michael Grant has been a football writer for over two decades and covered Scottish club and international football all over the world, including three World Cups and three European Championships. He worked in Inverness before moving to the Press & Journal in Aberdeen and then, in 1999, becoming chief football writer of The Sunday Herald. He has been chief football writer of The Herald since 2009. He suspects 1983 was as good as football can get. Rob Robertson is an award-winning staff sports writer with The Scottish Daily Mail. He is a former Scotland Young Journalist of the Year and Scotland Campaigning Journalist of the Year and has held staff jobs at top Scottish newspapers including the Aberdeen Evening Express, the Glasgow Evening Times, the Edinburgh Evening News, Scottish Sunday Mail and The Herald. Rob has previously written books on the rise of Scottish tennis star Andy Murray, the inside story of how Vladimir Romanov took control of Heart of Midlothian football club and co-authored The Don, the autobiography of Willie Miller, also published by Birlinn.

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5.0 out of 5 stars In a league of their own... 11 Nov 2010
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Never before has a book tackled the subject of Scotland's extraordinary football managerial success, questioned why and how Scotland has produced so many of the very finest managers ever to be associated with the game and so exhaustively researched and interviewed so many key characters in search of the answer. And the result? One of the finest sports books to appear this decade; indeed, The Management is one of the finest sports books to have emerged in British publishing in living memory. Hyperbole? Have a read and I challenge you to find me many better. The scope and breadth of the subject matter is vast, the skill with which it is relayed is exceptional, and the relentless fascination that it engenders has you turning page after page after page. It is a truly enthralling story, one that goes beyond football, beyond the confines of Scottish club and international management and delves into the very heart of Scottish life and society, into the very heart of the Scottish psyche; it is a story that seeks out answers from the depths of Lanarkshire mines and Clyde shipyards to the glamorous corridors of Old Trafford, Anfield, Highbury and Stamford Bridge. With interviews ranging from the great men themselves, to the players who served under them, the men who assisted them, and to the family members who knew them best of all, no stone has been left unturned as Grant and Robertson seek to answer a question that has burned on a thousand lips since the halcyon days of Busby, Shanks and Stein, and which continues today as Sir Alex Ferguson's wonderful achievements forge a path that a new generation of Scottish managers hope to emulate.

It is a spellbinding read, one that is set to become a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive 22 Dec 2010
This is a really enjoyable book for those with an interest in how football operates behind the usual bluster of the newspapers. It has a nice historical view of the influence of Scotsmen as football developed around the world. There are lots of humorous anecdotes and a real feeling for the highs and lows of the characters involved. Interviews with those who are still alive, and comments from those near to them, give the book substance. There is a fair attempt to explain the psychology of the managers or their resistance to such ideas. For football followers you can delight in recalling your memories around the key events in Scottish football lore. There is a detailed list of who won what. The book takes us right up to the present day, although the fact that Craig Brown has taken on a new challenge at Aberdeen at the age of seventy shows there will be opportunities for an update, and I will certainly look forward to reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely brilliant book ! 29 Jan 2011
This is a great read for Scottish football fans. It is hard to put down and very well researched and a cut above most other football books. It makes you proud to be Scottish, reading about all the legends of the game. We may not always produce great players but we certainly produce great managers !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 26 Nov 2010
A brilliant book with exclusive interviews and previously untold stories. Well written with obvious knowledge and passion. Really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enlightening 30 May 2014
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Found out lots about Scottish Managers/coaches I never knew. A great read Scotland has really made its mark on football
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