The future of football management is a hot topic. The 2001-02 season saw 22 sackings in the English Premiership and Football League in two months - and the manner of many of the dismissals filled the back pages. This title lifts the lid off the pressure cooker life of the British football manager.
The future of football management is a hot topic of debate. An unprecedented spate of sackings in the 2001-02 season and the manner of many of the dismissals filled the back pages. There has even been talk of managers going on strike to defend their ill-treated colleagues. Packed with big names and exclusive stories, The Sack Race challenges the sanitised picture of football management portrayed in glossy autobiographies. It lays bare a profession where pressure to obtain results is immense and the tolerance of failure is low. Despite football's supposed professionalism, we learn that 'The Gaffer' is often an ill-prepared ex-player who has hopped onto the managerial merry-go-round more as a perceived 'character' than a qualified coach. This remarkable book traces the development of the football manager's role, offers a critique of the way the game trains its coaches for management and raises valid concerns about the suitability of their employers - the directors whose impatience creates a climate of fear and insecurity. Finally, it asks the controversial question - does 'The Gaffer' have a future?
Chris Green is an established freelance sportswriter whose writing has featured in various publications including FourFourTwo, Total Football, Match, Goal, Grass Roots and BBC Online. He also presents the Radio Five Live sports investigative series On The Line and contributes to several Radio 4 programmes.
The Sack Race by Chris Green
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