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The Manager: The Absurd Ascent of the Most Important Man in Football [Paperback]

Barney Ronay

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Book Description

Dec 7 2010
Ever since the dawn of the professional era, the beautiful game's most intriguing individual has been inching his way from the boot room towards the back pages. Along the way he has shared in the preoccupations of the nation - from conflicts and economic crises, to a fascination with fashion and a wholly unhealthy interest in celebrity.

This book traces the remarkable journey of the football gaffer, from his humble beginnings as club secretary, to his modern incarnation - the man we all recognise, venting his spleen at the ref, or having a huff at a post-match press conference. THE MANAGER takes the reader beyond the well-worn anecdotes, deeper into the stories of football's top men and the world they inhabit. Barney Ronay asks the important questions about these compelling characters - Where did they come from? Why are they so miserable? Where do they get their suits?

Hilarious and absorbing, this book contains enough revelations to provide the most avid fan with a library of fresh tales. You'll never look at the man on the touchline in the same way again.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; Reprint edition (Dec 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751542792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751542790
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #424,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barney Ronay regularly writes for The Guardian's Saturday sport section, G2, FourFourTwo magazine, the Observer Sports Monthly and When Saturday Comes magazine, as well as making appearances on national radio and on television. He is 34 years old and lives in London.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Fluff and hyperbole no substitute for substance Nov. 26 2010
By paul carbonaro - Published on
I had a bad feeling about this book from the early pages. Quite simply, it was full of fluff and hyperbole which basically add up to padding. And, for the most part, that's how the book continued through to its end. I can only assume this diasppointing outcome is because although the manager is an interesting character in the evolution of professional soccer, there really isn't that much 'story' to tell. It also makes me think that (a) the publisher pressed author Ronay to fill 283 pages to make the book seem more substantial than it is, and/or (b) the author is simply in love with the 'sound' of his own words :O He never opts to give one description to make a point when he can give three in rapid succession - which he does time and time again. If the book's content were truly substantial, he wouldn't need to do that. He would get to the point, make it and move on. And, beyond the literary crimes just described, Ronay commits the cardinal sins of providing background information that is completely wrong! Just two examples: He states that Alec Stock used to manage Arsenal. He never did! He also claims that after being sacked by Derby, manager Brian Clough bought a ticket to attend the next home game at ... the City Ground! That stadium, of course, belongs to Nottingham Forest. Clough bought a ticket to enter the Baseball ground! Dear, oh dear!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars witty and absorbing Dec 5 2010
By Cruyff Fan - Published on
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Ronay is a funny guy and this book is a great read. Tongue firmly in cheek, the descriptions of the foibles and self-adulation of a generation of football managers make for fascinating reading.

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