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The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders Paperback – 8 May 2014
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More than a "how-to guide", its depth of shared knowledge is huge. **** (Four Four Two)
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)
A fascinating look at what it takes to be a successful leader - according to the biggest names in football managementSee all Product description
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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.
If, also, like me you find business management books to be boring and find football to be exciting then you've landed on a real gem with this. The lessons are so valuable across business management and you'll enjoy reading them because you're actually reading about football.
If you're a Man City or Chelsea fan though I didn't want to help you so please - this book is of no use to you. Stick with the roubles and oil. They seem to work as well....;-)
Unfortunately, Mike Carson's attempt to parcel these insights up into a structured theory of good football management is only intermittently successful, and can be quite tedious. It might well have worked better had he analysed the approach of each manager one by one, rather than attempt to use their quotations to illustrate a theoretical point.
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