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on 29 August 2013
As a football scout myself, this book was a no brainer purchase for myself and what a great read it was. Excellent insight into how other clubs work with words and interviews from the top men in the game. Well written from a variety of different angles and levels.
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on 8 October 2013
The Nowhere Men is a fantastic read , whether your a football supporter or not, great insight into the scouting system in this country, could not put the book down. Highly recommend this great read, and the author is a great feller too, worth a follow on twitter.
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on 4 February 2014
Michael Calvin introduces us to a bewildering array of men of a certain age who clock up prodigious mileage on the motorways
of Britain and beyond in the search for footballing talent. These are the scouts who scour the professional ranks, non-league, park pitches and school playing fields in the search for the next Lionel Messi or Steven Gerrard. The money is terrible, the job security non-existent and yet they are out there season after season. And if they spot a gem there is the whole business of greedy big clubs stealing the prize from under their nose, parents to deal with or maybe your club doesn't have the money or imagination to follow through.

An interesting tale but I came away thinking it would have been more compelling to concentrate on two or three of the characters in a long magazine article rather than the endless repetition of essentially the same story told by so many different versions of this singular breed.
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on 9 October 2013
A few interesting tales about players past and present. Lots of references to money ball and it highlights that just like any other business that most decisions are now based on statistical analysis. The role of a a traditional scout is now sadly disapearing.
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on 28 August 2013
fantastic book that gives a top class insight into the world of scouting through brilliant writing, research and story telling. Very easily read and one of the best books ive read on football. Up there with Graham Hunters 'Barca' and 'inverting the pyramid'
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on 27 September 2014
You have been a football fan all your life.

You think you are well informed and know a lot about what goes on.

Michael Calvin explains what goes on in just one little area, and you realise you know so little about the game you love.
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on 20 September 2013
Thoroughly recommend for those of us with our noses pressed against the closed doors of professional football. A genuine insight into how scouts evaluate players, interact with their employers (the clubs) and clock up thousands of miles in cars.
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on 9 December 2013
A great read, from start to finish it kept you wanting to carry on reading. Some great characters throughout most of whom I'd love to sit and watch a match and pick their brains for 90 minutes. Would make a great holiday sun bed read.
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on 21 August 2013
Michael Calvin's previous book - Family - is a great read and The Nowhere Men is also a cracker. It shines a light on an area of football that, as far as I know, has had little serious attention before. Lovely stuff.
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on 11 November 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not fiction but I found it a real page turner which made me appreciate the deeper role that scouts play within our national game. Lots of good anecdotes and tactical thought too
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