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Will You Manage?: The Necessary Skills to be a Great Gaffer [Paperback]

Musa Okwonga
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12 Aug 2010
"Bloody obvious isn't it: tell the defenders to route one out to Drogba" "That's what they've been doing all night and look where it's got them""The final ball has just not been weighted enough; in any case, his touch is too heavy""£120,000 a week and look how little they put themselves about""Players today are mercenaries: in my day they lived and died for their local team. It was a way of life: now it's just a cheque at the end of the month" blah, blah, blah... Every weekend in pubs and living-rooms all over the country, women and (mainly) men discuss the day's games and how they could have done better than the cretinous manager. Few people think they can fix their leaking sink better than a plumber or defend their dodgy cousin better than a barrister and yet every Tom, Dick and Harriett is convinced that they can do a better job than their team's manager. Why is this? In Will You Manage?, Musa Okwonga breaks down the job of football management into its different components and shows exactly what skills the great managers have. He interviews big and little cheeses on the football scene and provides essential tips for Fantasy Football success. As a new season gets underway and managerial heads begin to roll, the reader of Will You Manage? will deservedly have a knowing/sickening smirk on his face.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (12 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846687241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846687242
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Probably the most intelligent football book of the year' - Independent on Sunday 'Full of insights' - Independent (Number 1, 'Ten Best Sports Books')"

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Acclaimed football writer Musa Okwonga investigates what it takes to be a great manager

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read but Slightly Disappointed 25 May 2011
By Chris K
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I was expecting a bit more from this book, however I found it to be vague and general. It touched on several areas of what makes a (football) Manager, but never really went into detail or discussed the traits at any real depth. There are some good quotes in the book, which at times does seem to rely heavily on referencing other people's work, but it does the job of getting the basic idea across to the reader. Another benefit is that its not constantly the author's view on the subject, which is a nice relief in the reading, and shows the author is aware that there is no real set trait within a manager.

Just a pet peeve of mine, but the overall presentation of knowledge seemed a bit low, with examples constantly referenced back to Liverpool. This gave the impression that perhaps the author was a Liverpool fan (however after a quick check I discovered he was a Man U fan).

There's nothing ground breaking in the book, but it does the job of acting as an easy introduction to the subject. So I'd probably recommend it in that sense, certainly if you're looking for areas and ideas to investigate and read further in depth. Its a light read that you'll probably finish in a day or two without really trying.

Overall I was left feeling disappointed that the book didn't go into further detail, and at times seemed to rely a bit too much on other people's opinions and works to make the core of the book (having already read the books he was quoting).
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 10 Mar 2014
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a fantastic piece of writing, beautiful language, huge depth of knowledge and makes bold inferences and analyses that go beyond a mere description of the job, more of a thesis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will You Manage? 15 Jun 2011
By BlueX
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Great points: interviews with premier league managers, authors back story and excellent interview with fantasy football manager winner.
Poor points: personal back story wasn't always relevant, the title suggests that some of the manager theory could be applied to everyday management but this is barely touched on in the book
Summary: Nice idea but future volumes will need more meat and less veg. Get Jonathan Wilson's 'Inverting the Pyramid' for more analysis
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