The secrets of the football dressing room: The Manager, by Mike Carson

Soccer's top coaches - each with his own distinctive voice - offer a deeper take on the art of management, but even they can't teach judgement, says reviewer Ed Smith.

by Ed Smith

The Manager Inside the minds of football's leaders

Mike Carson

Bloomsbury Publishing, £16.99

Accepting a lift from the coach when you're a professional sportsman is risky. He might be reading a management book - a cliched compendium of contradictory advice, puffed heavily on the cover.

Your eyes would be drawn to the open page on the passenger seat, where you'd read, underlined in red, something like: 'Don't be afraid to drop the best players. It's good for them. Be ruthless.'

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