The Sack Race

The Sack Race

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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?Prior to World War Two, the FAa#39;s secretary, Stanley Rous, wrote in an introduction for the FAa#39;s first ever coaching manual, published in the late 1930s: Coaches, ... England did not enter the World Cup until 1950 and was only a member of FIFA for a short four-year period between the wars: ... who are really interested, a trainer who has well-defined responsibilities and plenty of advisers, scouts and agents.

Title:The Sack Race
Author:Chris Green
Publisher:Random House - 2012-01-06


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