Book Review: Quiet Leadership

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Book Review: Quiet Leadership

Are there lessons to be traded between elite football management and business leadership? As much as Carlo Ancelotti comes across as a decent and kind sort, I’m really none the wiser after reading this 2016 memoir come leadership handbook.

I suppose I had fair warning. Ed Wilson pretty much summed it up in his review of the book for When Saturday Comes when he suggested that its ‘wisdom is …

Book Review: Tangled Up in Blue

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Book Review: Tangled Up in Blue

As an Englishman and a lover of Glasgow as a city, I’ve always regarded the hottest, nastiest rivalry in world football as one of the least edifying aspects of sport in the British Isles and it’s always been my assumption that support for Partick Thistle is an absolute obligation for anyone in Glasgow with an ounce of respect for tolerance, open-mindedness and generosity.

A glance at the amazon reviews …

Book Review: W C L D N

Posted by on Sep 2, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Book Review: W C L D N

The 2018 World Cup in Russia came off a lot better than most people had thought it would. Against a quite frankly toxic political background and with serious doubts about the safety of supporters and the likely quality of play after a long European club season, expectations were not high and yet it proved to be one of the most enjoyable of recent memory, continuing a modern tradition after …

The State of Play at Leyton Orient

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The State of Play at Leyton Orient

With the 2019-20 season scarcely underway, it seems fitting on so many levels that our first Football League related post of the new campaign should focus on Leyton Orient. Back in the 92 after two seasons away, the east Londoners have been assailed by the worst imaginable news in the wake of their promotion to League 2, with manager Justin Edinburgh passing away in June. Here, newcomer to the …

Book Review: Das Reboot

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Book Review: Das Reboot

To assess a book half a decade after it first appeared isn’t really playing fair of course. Raphael Honigstein’s much cited assessment of the organisational revolution that swept German football in the wake of dismal showings in the European Championships of 2000 and 2004, culminating in World Cup victory in Brazil in 2014, remains a persuasive read but any celebratory account will always be at the mercy of hubris …

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