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The Manager - The Absurd Ascent of the Most Important Man in Football by Barney Ronay

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

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Not only have the players got more money and celebrity over the past thirty years but football managers now find themselves in the lime light more and more. This book is full of some brilliant and funny anecdotes along with profiles of some of the more fascinating and entertaining managers and a look at just how much the job has changed over the years. An entertaining and witty read for all football fans.


The Manager - The Absurd Ascent of the Most Important Man in Football by Barney Ronay

This is a book about the dramatic change in status and style of the football manager. It describes in detail the journey from man with sponge - and perhaps a medicine ball - through flamboyant medallion-wearing eccentric, to handsome celebrity millionaire fronting up a UN anti-landmine campaign. Football journalist Barney Ronay writes hilariously about this transition, examining the idiosyncrasies of some of our favourite gaffers along the way and unearthing a wealth of previously unknown anecdotes as well.

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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Publication date

27th August 2009


Barney Ronay

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Little, Brown Book Group


304 pages


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