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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408158825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408158821
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jon C on 3 Sept. 2013
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KL Woodward on 22 Nov. 2013
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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 By Mrs RV Simpson on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Williamson on 19 April 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark turner on 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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As I write this review Arsene Winger has recently been in the news after being lambasted by peeved off fans at a train station, not the kind of treatment you often see CEO's or senior leaders of companies like M&S being subjected to outside of an AGM. This is what has always fascinated me about football managers -how they go about their business under the intense glare of the media with their futures dependent on extremely short term outcomes measures like how well they have done over a few months, or even weeks.

Having read this book I emerged with a bit more insight.

The author's approach was to interview 30 football managers and glean nuggets of information relating to football management, so the book has chapters on:

The scale of the task, creating a winning environment , delivering results, personal leadership and 'great challenges'. Each of these themes have sub-sections dominated by one manager in particular. So when it comes to handling "outrageous talent" who better to speak to than Jose Mourinho?

Overall this makes for a really interesting read. What is not surprising is how many of the tips are lessons that can be applied in almost any leadership setting. It seems the techniques wherever you go are pretty much identical, it's just that football is exceptional with its ultra short term expectations which makes for a football managers ultra-short professional life expectancy.

At the end I came away with a bit more insight into football management and I think a lot more sympathy for likes of Wenger and Moyes et al.
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This book will resonate with anyone engaged in leadership that is even remotely curious about football; as well as anyone engaged in football, that is even remotely curious about leadership. Right from the kick-off, truth and sincerity ooze from the pages and the result is a compelling read.

The quotes are relentless and broad ranging. Their context is meticulously well considered, giving a balanced and thoughtful account from start to finish and I found the whole book completely inspiring. The wide use of quotations however does not align this book with the wealth of 'footy biographies', so many of them so often quoted for their salacious gossip as to 'who slagged who'!

The Manager sets itself apart from such gossip fodder - focussing entirely upon the positive and the productive. Far from a 'Best of the Biogs', The Manager, I'm sure would be more at home on the shelf with any of the top notch business books on 'leadership'. In my career I have spent a fair amount of time exploring leadership development in practice and I have always enjoyed that time well spent. In The Manager I found, page after page teaming with familiar lessons and echoes of real life experiences from my own (non-sport related) business.

To conclude, in choosing to favour the positive line and highlight the pro-active side of football management, I reckon that the book develops its own strength. In this vein the generous use of direct quotations promotes the theme of humility above all things. In keeping with the fundamental message from the contributors...The Manager thus positions itself amongst the best and most inspiring of 'proper business books'.
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