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5.0 out of 5 stars
A fantastic insight by an unknwon man, 28 Aug. 2012
For a work born of a newspaper column and knocked together in the middle of 2012, this is a very fine book. His prose is classy, engaging and fruitful. He shines a light on a variety of issues in the modern game, and is frank about himself, where he has come from, and what he thinks. I reckon that some of the anecdotes are told to put us off the trail, like " a friend of mine who used to play with Leeds" but the vast majority accumulate to show up contemporary football for what it is. Professional sport is about money and nobody with a talent for this game would turn down the level of remuneration available to those with the skills and ability to attract it. The section on agents is particularly engaging, as they are just middle men meeting a need for supply and managing demand. All are prone to corruption, and its how a system, sport or game responds that matters. An engaging read.