There is some good material in this book, in the form of various anecdotes and quotations from the managers themselves Clearly a lot of hard work has gone into this.Unfortunately, Mike Carson s attempt to parcel these insights up into a structured theory of good football management is only intermittently successful, and can be quite tedious It might well have worked better had he analysed the approach of each manager one by one, rather than attempt to use their quotations to illustrate a theoretical point. From The Post Room To The Board Room, Everyone Thinks They Can Be The Manager But How Do You Manage Outrageous Talent What Do You Do To Inspire Loyalty From Your Players How Do You Turn Around A Team In Crisis What S The Best Way To Build Long Term Success How Can You Lead Calmly Under Pressure The Issues Are The Same Whether You Re Managing A Premier League Football Team Or An FTSE Company Here, For The First Time, Some Of The Biggest Names In Football Management Reveal Just What It Takes With Their Every Decision, Remark, Skill, And Success Or Failure Under Constant Scrutiny From The Media And The Fans, These Managers Need To Be The Most Adroit Of Leaders In The Manager They Explain Their Methods, Give Examples Of Lessons They Ve Learned Along The Way, And Describe The Decisions They Make And The Leadership They Provide Each Chapter Tackles A Key Leadership Issue For Managers In Any Walk Of Life And, In Their Own Words, Shows How The Experts Deal With The Challenges They Face In An Abnormally High Pressure Environment Offering Valuable Lessons For Business Leaders And Fascinating Behind The Scenes Insights For Football Fans, The Manager Is An Honest, Accessible And Unprecedented Look At The Day To Day Work Of These High Profile Characters And The World Of Top Level Football Management Terrific Great insight into every different aspect of football and everyday management I especially liked the in depth anecdotes about certain managers I had totally different impressions of some managers before reading this book, especially Carlo Ancelotti and Sam Allyrdice Very interesting and I would not only recommend it to any one in a managerial position but also any football fans. Clearly written and a helpful addition to the many books on leadership out there Carson has done an excellent job and he uses examples from a wider range of managers than one would initially expect What emerges is that the sheer strength of the manager s personality and his willingness to stick to his guns really matters even in the modern age Football may represent a traditional model of leadership with everyone showing great deference to the gaffer but Carson also highlights that the managers are still willing to innovate and find new ways of going about their near impossible jobs. I purchased this book at the discount price, and it proved to be a bargain As football spectators and supporters, we are reliant on post match interviews or skewed media stories and reports for our information Yet, clearly, there is a lot to football management than meets the eye Managers is the word generally banded about to describe the likes of Ferguson, Mourinho, Wenger, Ancelotti and co but Mike Carson through his extensive research and interviews with numerous managers of the great game demonstrates how they are in fact akin to leaders.It is the behind the scenes insights and little gems of information that made this book a captivating read for me partly one of the reasons why it only took me a couple of days to finish For example, Fergie s encyclopedic knowledge of the game that was an inspiration to his fellow peers and players of the game David Moyes pursuit of professional development, travelling around France on a limited budget, occasionally sleeping in his car in order to observe some international training sessions Harry Redknapp pouring his heart and soul into everything he does both football and family.The book is not an ode to the stars of the game It is balanced and unbiased, attributing time to a myriad of individuals rather than just focusing on those running the top teams.It also deals with peritinent issues in an informative and measured way For example, how has technology affected and enhanced the game How have managers dealt with this change After reading this book you will be under no illusions that the day to day job of these leaders entails picking the team on match day and leading a few training sessions Carson shows how there is not a once size fit s all Each of these leaders is an individual Their success can t be bottled and sold but is the result of oodles of passion, resilience, vision, knowledge but perhaps most importantly, their awareness and acceptance of their own vulnerability in favour of the team. The reader doesn t pronounce many top managers and players names correctly And oddly calls UEFA the U E FA It gets annoying and hearing Mourinho said in the overly fancy way gets on your nerves Cantona, Djorkaeff etc are another example of weird pronunciation It makes an otherwise great learning experience weird as it takes you out of what you re listening to for a moment as you adjust to what s actually being said. I m a massive fan of football books and this is truly one of the best I ve ever read It take s a much deeper look into the world of football management than previous books I ve read and gives a real insight into what goes on in the managers office at modern day football clubs including a range of quotes from previous interviews it is a real fascinating read and a recommendation for all interested in football. If like me you re a business manager then you are also a people manager Arguably it s the world s hardest job Arguably it s also the world s most rewarding too.If, also, like me you find business management books to be boring and find football to be exciting then you ve landed on a real gem with this The lessons are so valuable across business management and you ll enjoy reading them because you re actually reading about football.If you re a Man City or Chelsea fan though I didn t want to help you so please this book is of no use to you Stick with the roubles and oil They seem to work as well.