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The Manager (Review)

Books about football managers are a dime a dozen these days.  It seems like everyone has become an author or the subject of a book.  Whether you coached 20 games or 20 years, there is probably a book out there.

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Mike Carson’s The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football’s Leaders is different and better than all the others for several reasons.

First, you hear from dozens of elite managers from the EPL.  You will learn from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger, Harry Redknapp, José Mourinho, and Brendan Rodgers.  Most books give you just one, but here you get many different and unique perspectives.

Second, the book has the blessing of several major organizations.  Officials from Deloitte, the League Managers Association, and Barclays all offer their thoughts in the opening pages of the book. We call that instant credibility.

Third, Carson is not your traditional footballing author.  He is indeed one of us as a devout Man City fan, but he is also known worldwide as a leadership expert. His company is known for transforming organizations and people.  A great choice for authoring this title, Carson does everything right with this text.

The best part of the book is what you take away from it. Every coach, every chapter, every part gives you something that you will remember for a long time.  It doesn’t matter if you are a player, coach, or just a fan.  There is indeed something for everyone.  This is a great read for everyone.

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