In short, this is a fantastic read that blows away the unsubstantiated punditry that accompanies the beautiful game.
By translating the cost of every side to play in the Premier League era into today's money, Tomkins et al have produced a fascinating analysis of how much it really costs to win the league, and the relative performance of each side compared to their available budget. But its not just about the comparing the numbers, not content with simply identifying which managers under/over perform relative to the budget available (for example), the book explores questions such as why managers that excel at smaller clubs frequently fail at the top level.
A huge amount of research underpins the work, but the reader is presented with an easily understood comparison based on the relative cost of each sides first XI based on today's money. This is not a stat heavy book, the real meat is in the quality of the analysis.
With additional contributions and analysis from supporters of every club to feature in the Premier League this is a an essential read for anyone interested in the modern game.