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3.0 out of 5 stars
This book is OK nothing more, 7 Sep 2010
Having eagerly awaited the book I found it laborious to read. I have been in professional football as a player, a coach and am just completing a degree in sports psychology. I have been involved at Premiership level and with International level players. I have also worked in elite level football as an analyst a mental skills advisor and education officer. Yes many of the vignettes I can see and can relate to but they are few and far between to give the outsider a real picture. There is a lot of theory and personal opinion but in my view more vignettes would lift the usefulness of the text.There is good information and good advice in the book but i'm not convinced the untrained eye could pick it out. Am I a better coach, potential psychologist or manager for reading this (YES, JUST). Is it the best and most informative book I have read in terms of becoming a sports psychologist in the future (NO, "I STILL DON'T THINK THERE IS A GOOD ONE AND I FULLY INTEND TO FILL THIS GAP ONE DAY"). I must also point out that the grammatical errors and misplaced words and spellings were a real shock to the system, something that I have had drummed into me at uni as very important, yet for a man of this standing to make so many errors is a pretty poor reflection on the profession. Doubtless that will be blamed on the publisher but as one 40 cap international player once said to me as he left for home on a Friday with his match day gear, "why would I let one of the kids clean my boots and rely on them when it's me who's going to play in them."
If you have time on your hands read it, if you are expectng this to be a guiding light the search goes on.