From the post room to the board room, everyone thinks they can be the manager. But how do you manage outrageous talent? What do you do to inspire loyalty from your players? How do you turn around a team in crisis? What’s the best way to build long-term success? How can you lead calmly under pressure?
The issues are the same whether you’re managing a Premier League soccer team or an FTSE 100 company.
Here, for the first time, some 30 of the biggest names in soccer management reveal just what it takes. With their every decision, remark, skill, and success or failure under constant scrutiny from the media and the fans, these managers need to be the most adroit of leaders. In The Manager they explain their methods, give examples of lessons they’ve learned along the way, and describe the decisions they make and the leadership they provide.
Each chapter tackles a key leadership issue for managers in any walk of life and, in their own words, shows how the experts deal with the challenges they face in an abnormally high-pressure environment. Offering valuable lessons for business leaders and fascinating behind-the-scenes insights for soccer fans, The Manager is an honest, accessible and unprecedented look at the day-to-day work of these high-profile characters and the world of top-level soccer management.
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Hard to listen to a reader who has no idea how to pronounce the names of the most famous football identities of current times. It's something of an uncritical hagiography of current football managers. I suppose the laws of libel make anything but hagiography feasible.
- Simon marchant