Bower's detailed and articulate account of how football is governed and who makes the important decisions should frighten football fans everwhere.
For too long football supporters have been treated as stupid and fickle. Obviously adult men and women spending ridiculous amounts of money buying replica kits appears to support the aforementioned notion. However, whenever football fans criticise the behaviour of managers and chairmen they are often met with the cry "well, you don't really know what's going on!"
Thanks to Bower, football supporters have been enlightened. Though many will argue that they knew already what was going on. Throughout the book Bower undertakes a painstaking study of the peculiarities of transfers. There is lots of detail, but those not football minded should stick with it as the reward is worth it. The machinations behind the bid for the 2006 World Cup and the patent refusal of the FA to rein in the Premier League are harrowing accounts.
Most of us knew that football has ignored, and at times encourage corrupt practices. Yet, because of the power of the clubs and players and agents most football journalists have been reluctant to tackle these issues. Bower has tackled them and left the football authorities requiring serious treatment.