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The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders

The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders [Kindle Edition]

Mike Carson
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Carson asks 30 of the biggest names in football management - including Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger - what it takes to succeed at the highest level. More than a "how-to guide", its depth of shared knowledge is huge. **** (Four Four Two)

Being manager of a football club has a lot in common with running a business in many other walks of life, and that is the starting point for this well constructed assessment of the post and how to succeed in it ... It contains a lot of thought-provoking ideas (Scotsman)

Talking to 30 top football managers about their careers was always going to unearth a trove of interesting material, and in that respect this book does not disappoint. By far its strongest point is those managers' first-person recollections and observations (Independent)

A book that aims to dig deeper, including "behind-the-scenes" interviews with more than 30 managers, must be welcomed ... Carson does well to avoid the kinds of clichés that blight so many other books on football (Financial Times)

Mike Carson takes a different approach in his compelling examination of 30 managers, treating his subjects as savvy businessmen as much as sports gurus ... It's impossible to interview such people and not come away with some peerless insights (Observer)

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A fascinating look at what it takes to be a successful leader - according to the biggest names in football management

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Jon C
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Really enjoying this book. If you are interested in both business and football (which is a reasonably common combination!) I think you'll find it a fascinating take on the normally rather hidden world of football management. The book draws heavily on extensive quotes from recent candid interviews between the author (Mike Carson) and many world class football managers, which are interesting in themselves (amazing how he managed to get access to them all!). Mike then does a good job of drawing out "management themes", which have various parallels with the regular challenges in day-to-day business that we all face, helping making the whole topic accessible and bedded in reality for us the fans. Wouldn't surprise me if it ended up in a number of blokes' Christmas stockings this year ;-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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As a football coach myself I was eager to get my teeth into this book and I was not disappointed.

First off the organisation and structure of the book is fantastic, each chapter leads onto the next in a logical order and is easy to follow. Each of these chapters are packed with in depth and rich information about the world of management from a number of world renowned managers such as Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti.

The book offers no jargon, instead all information is specific but easy to follow. The book is broken into 5 sections with 2-3 chapters (based on a specific manager) within those sections.

The chapters themselves offer fantastic insight with invaluable reflections from each manager of certain situations they have faced and how they were overcome.

This book is a must buy for anyone interested in sport business, sport coaching or just a behind the scenes look at some of their favourite managers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What makes our favourite footie managers tick? 5 Oct 2013
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A gripping read, not only to hear how as individual characters they react under the unique kind of pressures modern football managers face, but also in drawing out leadership themes that help us all operate, whether as the manager of a big team, as a stand alone employee, or even managing our own family team in our households!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only a quarter of the book is worth reading..... 19 April 2014
The rest is true waffle.

It's written like a student who is desperate to furfil their word count on an assingment.

Some parts are great, but those parts are the manager's own words. The rest is just someone re-iterating that point and then repeating themselves again and again.

A poor book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant business read 15 Sep 2013
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One of the best books I have ever read providing a fascinating insight to football management & how the same principles can be applied to other business management & leadership.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 3 Jun 2014
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I love football and i take a big interest in educating myself on managers and tactics and trying to gain and understanding of as much as i can. This book is clearly for people that have just found football or have no idea. This does not give you an insight into the mid of the managers, talks about how some managers find it important to have people he trust working with him etc, well thank you thats obvious. This book is more about some bloke writing for the sake of it, any quotes from managers are found elsewhere easily.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leadership in Football 7 May 2014
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Clearly written and a helpful addition to the many books on leadership out there. Carson has done an excellent job and he uses examples from a wider range of managers than one would initially expect. What emerges is that the sheer strength of the manager's personality and his willingness to 'stick to his guns' really matters even in the modern age. Football may represent a more traditional model of leadership with everyone showing great deference to 'the gaffer' but Carson also highlights that the managers are still willing to innovate and find new ways of going about their near impossible jobs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 20 April 2014
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An excellent read for any football fan, but also worth having on any management shelf as there are. Some great lessons to be taken for any business leaders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Out
A great book. Mike Carson uses his knowledge/capability of the corporate space and takes football into the focal zone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Simon P. Casson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Excellent, nice style, great insights by some of the best football managers in the world. But the point of excellence lies in its ability to provide lessons for all kind of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gianluca
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of fantastic material ...
This book promises so much, and truly on the face of it offers exactly what your average footie fan would most like to know. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Repeats itself a bit and drags out some aspects. Good initial insight into football management. Interesting read, but not all the way through
Published 4 months ago by Geoff Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class
An excellent book that reveals the realities of coaching and managing football at the elite level in the modern game. Read more
Published 5 months ago by stephen darby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Informative
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which I found both informative and educational in terms of really understanding what goes on behind the public face of football management at the top... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve Price
5.0 out of 5 stars purchased as a gift
This item was purchased as a gift so I cannot comment on it other than to say it arrived promptly
Published 5 months ago by Lindsy.S
5.0 out of 5 stars GReat book
Its a very interesting read and has got my brother back in to readin g after years of no time for books!
Published 5 months ago by cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
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Published 5 months ago by Paul mc iver
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