Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: Pitch Publishing
The incomparable range of sports books produced by Pitch Publishing over the past few years has ensured they’ve secured a place as one of the UK’s leading publishers of sporting material.

From the unashamedly nostalgic Got, Not Got and the thought-provoking If Only: An Alternative History of the Beautiful Game, to Andrew Murtagh’s superbly-written Gentleman and a Player, Pitch Publishing are always likely to come up with something different. Take a look at their current range: www.pitchpublishing.co.uk




Read Review
<back to archive

Living on the Volcano By Michael Calvin

Release date: 01st November, 2015
Publisher: Century

List Price: £19.95
Our Price: £12.74
You Save: £7.21 (36%)
Buy Now

Cardiff City manager Russel Slade began his managerial career at Notts County more than twenty years ago when he was asked to take on the caretakerís role, a job that lasted until January 1995. It was not a particularly glorious stint in the hot seat and Slade had to wait a further three years before he was invited to manage another club, this time Sheffield United, where he also acted as caretaker twice in the same season. At the time of writing, Slade has sent out 732 teams as a manager.

Perhaps his most successful spell came at Leyton Orient, a club he saved from relegation after being appointed with half a dozen games of the League One season to go. By 2013-14, he was the divisionís Manager of the Season.

Yet having served a lengthy apprenticeship and gained deserved recognition, Slade was undermined when new foreign owners took over at Brisbane Road. They confronted the manager in front of his players and threatened to sack him if he failed to win his next game. Classy eh?

This anecdote, taken from Michael Calvinís outstanding Living on the Volcano, offers one reason why football supporters should stop and think before slipping into default criticism mode, ie berating the manager when the 11 guys on the pitch are incapable of passing the ball to each other.

A few years ago, Calvin wrote the equally compelling Nowhere Men, a brilliant portrayal of football scouts, and heís adopted a similar formula here, observing managers from League Two up to the top flight, providing a wonderfully descriptive insight that only this illuminating, fly-on-the-wall style can accomplish.

Calvin speaks with managers such as Ian Holloway, a man who has moved house 32 times in less than 20 years as a football manager. Then thereís Martin Ling, formerly the manager at Leyton Orient and Torquay, who was so badly affected by depression that he underwent a course of ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). Such is the degree of job insecurity, confirmed here by Shaun Derry and, movingly, by Adie Boothroyd, that depression is unusually common amongst football managers.

In Leagues One and Two, managers last an average of seventeen months; in the Championship, the period is an astonishing eight months, or slightly less than one season.

Managers have become easy targets for abuse and criticism while those on the pitch escape censure. After reading this absorbing book, however, no-one will want to automatically pin culpability for indifferent performances upon the man on the sidelines.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

Berlin 1936 By Oliver Hilmes
Bodley Head
Read Review Buy Now
Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket By Stephen Fay and David Kynaston
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
401: The Extraordinary Story of the Man Who Ran 401 Marathons in 401 Days and Changed His Life Forever By Ben Smith
Bloomsbury Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
One Goal A Coach, A Team and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together By Amy Bass
Hachette Books
Read Review Buy Now
Stuck In A Moment The Ballad of Paul Vaessen By Stewart Taylor
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Maradona Once Upon A Time In Naples (2018 Edition) By John Ludden
CreateSpace
Read Review Buy Now
Chasing Points A Season on the Pro Tennis Circuit By Gregory Howe
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Iron Ambition Lessons Iíve Learned from the Man Who made Me a Champion By Mike Tyson with Larry Sloman
Sphere
Read Review Buy Now
Fifty Cup Finals My Life in Football By Nick Collins
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
The Range Bucket List: The Golf Adventure of a Lifetime By James Dodson
Simon & Schuster
Read Review Buy Now

Amazonís top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 Ė 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.