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Retired: What Happens to Footballers When the Game's Up Paperback – Illustrated, 2 May 2016

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd; First edition (2 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785311387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785311383
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Retired is an interesting read. Once you get to a certain age, these things mean a bit more to you." --John Terry

Long-listed for the eir Sports Book of the Year Award

"One of the best football books I've ever read. Brilliant." --Jimmy Wagg, BBC Radio Manchester

"Very worthy. Consistently well-told, candid and pertinent." --When Saturday Comes

"Excellent book. Gernon describes brilliantly the paths of many footballers who have had to readjust" --Programme Monthly.

"A really good book. Such an interesting subject. I'm fascinated by what I read." --Richard Keys, The Keys & Gray Show, beIN Sport

"The most important football book in a long time." --Niall Quinn

"A fine book. A fascinating area." --Hawksbee & Jacobs, talkSPORT

"A really, really fascinating read." --Saturday Sport with Phil Parry, BBC Radio London

"A compelling book on what happens to professional footballers when they go from hero to zero. Retired is a very unusual book on a totally neglected subject; it may not affect your life, but it's a fascinating read." --Joe Duffy, Irish Mail on Sunday

"Fascinating book lifts the lid on dilemmas retired footballers face. Gernon summarises the post-football world of the player with great sensitivity. Well researched and thoroughly readable." --Liverpool Echo

"Gernon paints a bleak picture of players struggling to come to terms with life 'when the lights go out', as [Niall] Quinn puts it. "I was astonished when he sent me a rough draft. He told the stories of 80 players, but he said he could have written another 80," adds Quinn. "They are simply not prepared for the upheavals - psychological, financial, emotional - and it can be a slippery slope." --Irish Examiner

"A fascinating new book." --Irish Daily Star

"At first glance Alan Gernon has taken on an impossible task by asking us to look at what happens to footballers when they retire and possibly even feel a degree of sympathy for them. How much he succeeds in this is a testament to his writing and the people he speaks to. Gernon has given us an engrossing read, well researched and filled with insights from those affected and the professionals they seek help from. It's well worth a read." --The Football Pink

"Another excellent book from Pitch Publishing. This book asks some very serious questions about the future for Yesterday's Men' and goes some - if not all - of the way toward providing answers. This is an important book and well worth reading." --The League magazine

"An illuminating book. Book of the week." --Blackpool Gazette

"It's a fascinating read." --East London News

"A fantastic idea for a book. This is a book that a lot of Premier League footballers should read." --Ireland AM, TV3

"Gernon presents a congenial merger of hypothesis and exposition; a book that players should read- before their retirement to remind themselves of the potential pitfalls; a book that punters should read to remind themselves that the fame we bestow upon players is often more for our benefit than theirs." --Soccerama

"This book is important. An excellent read. Really, really good." --The Anfield Wrap

"A fascinating book." --BBC Radio Merseyside

"An extraordinary book. Deserves every success. A fantastic read." --The Right Hook, Irish national radio station Newstalk

"I was glued to it. A fascinating book." --Delamere's Sunday Best, Irish national radio station Today FM

"Fascinating." --Sunday Sports Show, Irish regional radio station LMFM

"It's a really fascinating book." --The Kick-Off, Radio City

"A well-researched, thought-provoking and comprehensive book that is certainly not a barrel of laughs. A much-needed and long-overdue cautionary tale of the problems and pitfalls that can await every footballer once he leaves the spotlight. Quite brilliant. Highly recommended." --Greville Waterman, BFCTalk

"Gernon unearthed a whole new world that has little to do with the image of footballers as people who live idyllic lives cushioned by wads of cash. I enjoyed it immensely." --Meath Chronicle

"A must-read for any football fan." --Dundalk Democrat

"It's fascinating. Brilliant, so interesting." --What's the Story podcast

"A fascinating read indeed." YBIG Football Show

"As an enthralling English Premier League season draws to a close, so too will the careers of many professional footballers. What will they do next? It transpires that it's not all champagne lifestyles and glamour." --Portfolio, Emirates Airline magazine

"There are few things I enjoy more than a great 'Where are they now?' story. This book explores the many trials and tribulations of hanging up the boots." --Of Pitch & Page

"The ex-Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has penned the foreword to a new book, Retired, which chronicles the marital, financial, societal and psychological problems that footballers go through after their playing days conclude." --Sunderland Echo

"Retired lifts the lid on what happens to many footballers after they quit the game, and some of it makes for depressing reading. While an elite few will earn so much they will just be able to enjoy the fruits of their labour, and others will land plum managerial jobs or punditry roles, for the majority the reality is far less happy." --Shropshire Star

"A life of two halves…Alan Gernon looks at what happens to footballers when the game's up." --Late Tackle magazine

"It may look like the dream ticket…but our heroes are as fragile as us. Alan Gernon explored the problems in his book, Retired, and some statistics were alarming. Well, boo-hoo, right? Because most of us would gladly swap 40-50 ordinary years of work for a 20-year career in football and whatever followed. It cannot be as simple as that, though. If you've never had 50,000 people chanting your name, then how can you know what it's like when it's gone?" --Sunday People

"When their careers come to an end, many footballers find it difficult to adjust to their new lives. And some find that they simply can't cope with that transition." --BBC World Service

About the Author

Alan Gernon is a writer and award-winning stand-up comedian. He's written about football for a number of national and regional Irish newspapers, is a regular columnist for Ireland's leading independent bookmaker and has written and starred in comedy sketches on RTE television as a Football Manager addict. He supports Dundalk FC, Manchester United and the underdogs.

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