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

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Little, Brown Book Group, Aug 5, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages

THE ABSURD ASCENT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN IN FOOTBALL. THE MANAGER.

'Rich in detail and colour . . . a great read' Observer

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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Contents

Title Page
CHAPTER2The First
Manager Gets Serious
The Manager Goes Abroad
The Manager Has
CHAPTER11The Manager IsYourDad CHAPTER12The Manager GoesPlatinum CHAPTER 13The Manager Learnsto Talk
CHAPTER24The Manager GetsHounded Out CHAPTER 25The Shock of the Foreign CHAPTER 26 The Scoundrel
30The Enlightenment
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About the author (2010)

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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