The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders written by Mike Carson is a book that tells you how the top football managers deal with everyday situations. There are a lot of challenges for a manager of a football team. He has to keep the players motivated; he has to imbibe a sense of loyalty in his players; he has to bring the team back from a crisis; and above all, he has to build a team for long-term success.
Mike Carson interviews 30 high profile football managers in this book who share their true and accessible insight into the world of football management. The book is written in management style, using plenty of terms often used by the management world. In fact, at several instances in the book, football teams are compared to FTSE companies. The book takes a no-nonsense approach to football management, steering clear of controversial anecdotes or flimsy jokes. Instead, it takes you behind the scenes and lets you in on what really goes on in the minds of celebrated football managers.
The book is divided into several chapters, each chapter dealing with a specific managerial issue such as The Art of One-on-One; Pursuing a Career under Pressure; Building High-Performing Teams; Seeing the Bigger Picture; Creating Sustained Success; Triumph and Despair; Crisis Response and Turnaround; Handling Outrageous Talent, etc. While the book is about football management, the parallels can easily be drawn for managing any organization.
Some names that have been interviewed for the book include Carlo Ancelotti, Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp, Roberto Mancini, Hope Powell, Neil Warnock, and Jose Mourinho. The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders has been published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC and is available to buy online. The paperback edition of the book is listed with ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 number of 978-1408158821.