Scouting for Moyes: The Inside Story of a Football Scout Paperback – 21 Oct 2010
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With so many hi-tech tools available for managers to assess players these days, it's possibly a surprise that football scouts, like Saturday-evening pink 'uns and balls with laces, haven't been relegated to history. But most League clubs still employ a network of trusted observers to run the rule over potential transfer targets and prepare reports on forthcoming opponents, and Les Padfield, a teacher in his day job, started scouting for Preston under David Moyes and is currently clocking up the motorway miles for Bolton Wanderers. His behind-the-scenes stories of this tight-knitworld are funny, intelligent and illuminating, made all the more enjoyable by his evident love for the game – an East Ender, he was a more than useful schoolboy player and interested Leyton Orient and Millwall, though when he visits Spurs as a scout, his former junior team-mate Harry Redknapp gives him the blank. He can be sharp – he describes three Bolton players as "not only too slow for yelled instructions from the touchline but too slow for smoke signals" – and gets frustrated when his reports are ignored, but his attitude is generally one of wry, self-deprecatory amusement. From a failed attempt to watch Bromley versus Sturrock during last year's big freeze to an abortive trip to Nigeria to scout a player who then announces he has decided to become a doctor instead, from dropping his mobile phone down the lavatory at Wembley to being pressganged into service as the fourth official for Orient against Scunthorpe, Padfield remains a glass-half-full man. A scout with talent of his own, he has produced a little gem of a book about one of the lesser-known aspects of the League scene, which is a far more enjoyable read than any number of ghostwritten player biographies. (Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday 2010-12-05)
… humour and insight … very readable, entertaining and insightful.
About the Author
Born and bred in Bethnal Green, Les Padfield wasted a grammar school education because of an infatuation with sport. He played football with Spurs manager Harry Redknapp for East London, then London. He became a teacher and then a football scout with mighty Stockport County before arriving at Bolton in 2007.
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There are no great insights into the art and craft of the football scout, but there are countless amusing anecdotes about a career spent dodging bullets as managers get hired and fired, whilst trying to influence the fate of the host team from a considerable distance. Its impossible not to like the author and to agree with his observations on the commercialisation and sell out of the beautiful game. I enjoyed his humour and the observations of a honourable man.
It's amusing, anecdotal (with several embellishments to stories, no doubt), and doesn't always express the soccer equivalent of political correctness that you'd anticipate from someone retained within the professional game. Exasperations are noted, and mistakes admitted among the stories surrounding the escapades of a "normal bloke" who happened to get involved in the middle levels of the "beautiful game".
Loosely threaded within, there's inference of a saintly, patient and understanding wife.
An attraction is the shortness of the chapters, which raise a smile during, or at the end of a busy day. Even if it's not your cup of tea, it could be a man-gift. And the royalties go to a cancer charity. How many celebrities do that?
".S.C.O.U.T.I.N.G." is an "ASPECT of FOOTBALL" WHICH GETS HARDLY~VERY-LITTLE (IF-ANY) COVERAGE AT-ALL.
By HAVING A VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE, RELIABLE & CONSCIENTIOUS "S.C.O.U.T" BRING`S TOO & WHOME -IS A GREAT ASSET TO ANY FOOTBALL CLUB (NO-MATTER WHOME YOUR TEAM IS, WHO-EVER YOU SUPPORT). !
"SCOUTING FOR MOYES" -Is a Diary about a Football Scout with "Over 300 Pages". (THAT`s NO JOKE ! I`M BEEN HONEST).
The Stories in The Book illustrate some of the Up`s & Down`s of the JoB Az-Well-Az Giving Some Fasination InSight`s Below the Surface of this Crazy, Compelling, Chaotic Game . . . . Called FOOTBALL. :)
The Chapter`s-(78-In-ALL) PLEASE DON`T LET THAT PUT YOU OFF--I`M "DYSLEXIC", BUT EVEN-SO, WAS STILL ABLE TO READ THE BOOK.
The Chapter`s ARE SHORT:-
(Suitable-Enough to hold The Attention-Span Of The Youngest of Readers) & For
"The Older Readers":-
It`s Suitable AzWell-(Ideal For "Dipping-In & Out" of Whilest the TV ADVERTS-Are-On ("Durring Your Film" OR "Match Your Watching" OR "Durring Travelling ON JOURNEYS).
THIS IS A VERY-MUCH-SO BOOK TO OWN FOR ANYBODY WHO`S FANS of FOOTBALL. X X X X
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Difficult to read as it is not written chronologically and has no underlying narrative. The chapters are split into individual stories and the majority of them are very good. Read morePublished on 13 May 2014 by MR J P ELLIOTT