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Pay As You Play: The True Price of Success in the Premier League Era
 
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Pay As You Play: The True Price of Success in the Premier League Era [Kindle Edition]

Paul Tomkins , Graeme Riley , Gary Fulcher

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"An ingenious and intelligent look beneath the surface to reveal what the headlines too often don't tell us. Fascinating." Jonathan Wilson, author of 'Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics' "For years we've judged football and football people without the analytical tools to do it properly. Finally a book that attempts to do so intelligently. Hopefully a harbinger of more to come!" Gabriele Marcotti, author, journalist, broadcaster"

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As billionaire 'super-benefactors' fight for the right to own English football clubs, "Pay As You Play" takes a detailed look at the correlation between success and transfer spending. Tactics, motivation, fitness and luck play a part; but is an expensive squad increasingly essential for success? Which managers have excelled in the transfer market? And who blew their budgets on bad buys? Which clubs punched above their financial weight, and which ones punched well below theirs? What players proved to be great value for their price tag, and who ended up as a shocking waste of money? By converting all Premier League transfer fees since 1992 to current-day prices - using our specially devised Transfer Price Index (TPI) system to give precise 'football inflation' figures - teams could be accurately assessed against one another, whether from 1993 or 2010. How would the prices paid for Dean Saunders, Roy Keane or Frank Lampard compare with Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney or Robinho? All 43 clubs to have played in the Premier League up to May 2010 are analysed, with noted writers and journalists - including Jonathan Wilson, Gabriele Marcotti and Oliver Kay - also providing their views on the club they support or report on. All in all, it makes for an entertaining and revealing read on the world's most popular game, and its most appealing league.


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"An ingenious and intelligent look beneath the surface to reveal what the headlines too often don't tell us. Fascinating." Jonathan Wilson, author of 'Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics'

"For years we've judged football and football people without the analytical tools to do it properly. Finally a book that attempts to do so intelligently. Hopefully a harbinger of more to come!" Gabriele Marcotti, author, journalist, broadcaster"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2007 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: GPRF Publishing (Oct. 29 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A14TO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #476,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Guide to the Premier League Money Trail April 11 2011
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If you like the EPL and follow the success, both sporting and financial of your favourite club this book is a thorough analysis of the Premier League winners and losers.

The text is heavy on analysis and uses plenty of figures so it can be a little dry on occasions, but the depth of research makes this a valuable contributor to the footballing historical prose.

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The cheapest cost per point in a single season  and the second-cheapest  belongs to Sam Allardyces Bolton. &quote;
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(If theres one moral of this book for highly regarded managers, it is this: do not, under any circumstances, manage Newcastle United. Run away, run far, far away.) &quote;
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While this is a small sample size, it seems to support the accepted wisdom that to win a title for the first time is the hardest; not least, in psychological terms, when the pressure really starts to mount. It seems that to overcome this hurdle an even more expensive team is required; more or less the most expensive in the land. &quote;
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