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Summary

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 football team or an FTSE 100 company.

Here, for the first time, some 30 of the biggest names in football 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 football 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 football management.

©2013 The League Managers Association (LMA) and Mike Carson (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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  • gary
  • SLEAFORD, United Kingdom
  • 10-10-13

You cannot be serious

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Getting somebody with a british accent that can pronounce the names of clubs and players. An American with no football knowledge, not an inspired choice.

Would you recommend The Manager to your friends? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. The worst audio book I've ever listened to. Whoever made the decision to allow that guy to narrate should be sacked now.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Couldn't pronounce a single club or players name properly. It was extremely annoying to start with but I began to laugh in the end but it ruined the book completely.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Manager?

All of them read by this guy who has the kind of voice a hypnotist would die for.

Any additional comments?

Please redo the book with a british narrator.

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Decent content. Abysmal narration.

What disappointed you about The Manager?

A narrator who mispronounced names with shocking regularity. Bobby Carlton (not Charlton) Sow-ness (not Souness) Paris Saint Ger-main (not ger-man) keltic (not Sell-tic). Awful!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kyle Munley?

Anyone who knows the first thing about football!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger- there is someone who has been deprived of a narrating job.

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Awfully read

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The reading in what could be best described as a sat nav voice being replaced for a fluent reading.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would not have.

What didn’t you like about Kyle Munley’s performance?

It was comparable to a cheap sat nav, football teams pronounced incorrectly.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was factual.

Any additional comments?

I would probably recommend this book to purchase and read however the reading was truly awful. Filled with fact and content for the football enthusiast, but remaining focused near impossible. The man could not even say Celtic frustrating at best.

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Good book poorly narrated

Great content and insight into the leadership techniques required in football management. It was let down a little because the narrator pronounced every English and / or Scottish name phonetically instead of correctly. Made it sound very disconnected from the subject matter.

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Oh GOD

What disappointed you about The Manager?

how was Kyle Munley allowed to be narrator? He could't pronounce single player / manager surname or name of the club.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Manager?

narrator pronouncing Celtic

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kyle Munley?

Anyone who is not a robot and have seen at least 1 game of football in their live.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Manager?

just the narrator I would cut, over and over

Any additional comments?

Was looking forward to this book but narrator made in unbearable

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Worth a read

Some interesting facts and story's worth a read if you are a coach or manager of a football team I

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Disappointing

Choice of narrator let's this book down badly. Couldn't get into it at all unfortunately.

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Dont buy!!!

narrated by a robot dictionary its inaccurate, souless and often mispronounced names and words. Absolutely dreadful.

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That is a funny sounding human reading this.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

If it was read by a human and not a computer.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mike Carson again?

No.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

YES.

What character would you cut from The Manager?

The narrator.

Any additional comments?

I'd like my credit back please.

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Good book, dreadful narrator

Should have been a fantastic book but when you have a narrator who can't even pronounce names correctly and sounds more like a machine than a real person reading, it makes this potentially good book beyond dreadful! I read the reviews and thought I would put up with the poor narration but I wish I hadn't bothered!! Please save your credit for a well read book! Plenty of other fantastic football related ones on here!

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  • Liam
  • 13-09-14

Worst book ever

What would have made The Manager better?

Better narrator

Has The Manager turned you off from other books in this genre?

Almost

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kyle Munley?

Anybody that knows the game. I mean he sounds like a robot and he calls Celtic "Keltik" if u knew the game you would know how to pronounce it correct

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment

Any additional comments?

Get a better narrator

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  • Nirav Desai
  • 23-11-15

Good management book

Loved listening to this management book. The insights given into the minds of footballs best managers are unique. The book shows what makes a great manager. Loved listening to the book. Would highly recommend.

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  • Sean Downey
  • 26-06-17

Scattered

As a coach listening to this, I will need to listen to it atleast twice. The information is superb, however it is scattered and tossed at you so fast. Huge details scattered without a lot of depth at the given time. The depth comes later, but it makes it hard to connect everything at the time. I feel once I listen the second-third time, everything will start to settle in. Performance is dry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-17

Brutal

What did you like best about The Manager? What did you like least?

The narration was horrific

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kyle Munley?

Anyone else. Sounded like I was getting driving directions and couldn't pronounce one person or team's name.

Was The Manager worth the listening time?

Yes for the content, but had to suffer

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  • Steve Adams
  • 24-04-17

Good book brutal job of narration

This was really a very interesting and insightful work on English football managers. My big complaint is that they should've gotten somebody who was either British or they could've at least coached the narrator on how to pronounce a bunch of the names of the cities in the clubs that were in this book. He missed pronounced a ton of them. That said, the book is well worth it and was very very interesting.

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  • Ian Devaney
  • 22-11-16

Raconteurs name and team pronunciations very poor

The book is interesting especially for the football fan but please revisit the books narration.