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A man punches the wall in a strategic show of anger. Another complains he has become a stranger to those he loves. A third relies on “my three a day: coffee, Nurofen and a bottle of wine.” Yet another admits he is an oddity, who would prefer to be working in cricket. A fifth describes his professional life as “a circus”. These are football managers, live and uncut. Arsene Wenger likens the job to “living on a volcano: any day may be your last”. He speaks with the authority of being the longest serving manager in the English game, having been at Arsenal for 17 years. The average lifespan of a Football League manager is 17 months. Fifty three managers, across all four Divisions, were sacked, or resigned, in the 2012-13 season. There were fifty seven managerial changes in the 2013-14 season. What makes these men tick? They are familiar figures, who rarely offer anything more than a glimpse into their personal and professional lives. What shapes them? How and why do they do their job? Award-winning writer Michael Calvin provides the answers.

Insecurity is a unifying factor, but managers at different levels face different sets of problems. Depending on their status, they are dealing with multi-millionaires, or mortgage slaves. Living on the Volcano charts the progress of more than 20 managers, in different circumstances and in different phases of their career. Some, like Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, are at the peak of their profession. Others, like Chris Hughton, Brian McDermott and Gary Waddock, have been sacked, and are seeking a way back into the game. They offer a unique insight into a trade which is prone to superficial judgement and savage swings in fortune. Management requires ruthlessness and empathy, idealism and cunning. Stories overlap, experiences intermingle, and myths are exposed.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1229 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (13 Aug. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00W0P9TPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Excellent – revealing insight into the world of being a football manager in 2016

 on 16 June 2016
By Me-jl
Takes you inside the dressing room and the manager’s office with an impressive cast list ranging from the Premier League to lower down football’s pyramid where the pressures are different but every bit as intense. Those who think they can do the job better than Arsene Wenger or Alan Pardew may need to think again. Yes, those at the top earn like multi-millionaires but the demands many face from the ‘now-generation’ of owners are unprecedented. Few managers are given any proper time to develop a team let alone a club. A poor run of form can be terminal where previously that was part of the rollercoaster ride at a football club. When some player salaries can dwarf that of the manager, that’s a dangerous dynamic that few of us have to cope with outside football’s bubble. Recommended read.

Brilliantly Insightful

 on 27 September 2016
By Amazon Customer
I had heard about this book through the football grapevine and also having read the nowhere men by the same author which I loved I decided to give it a read.

Great read and very eye-opening.

 on 16 October 2015
By Mr.R. Harris
Having read The Nowhere Men it was only natural to read this book. The similarities between how Scouts are treated and how Football Managers are treated appear to the same! Both seem to be treated with disdain and both live their lives “on the edge” never knowing whether or not they will be in the job tomorrow.

A great read

 on 1 October 2015
By Jim ryan
Once I picked it up, I just had to keep going, a must read for all football fans.

Great Read – Wonderful Writer

 on 27 October 2017
By A Customer
Excellent read. Good use of vignettes and cleverly pulled together to make a coherent reading experience. Big fan of Michael Calvin’s writing style and this is far from the standard dumbed-down football book. Has made me more determined to delve into Calvin’s other work.

Calvin knows his stuff.

 on 1 February 2018
By Abadi
The book navigates you into the world what being a Manager is about. And what I liked was the world of Managers from the lower leagues that this book talks about. Really mind opening. It also covered how the English Manager pretty much has little to no chances of success in EPL. Got quite personal with some of the Managers. Highly recommend. As for the writing, it felt fluid quite easy to ready. Enjoyed it alot. Buy it!!!

Great reading for the football freaks among us.

 on 6 January 2016
By rocky
A little repetitive but well- researched and insightful expose of the life of a football manager. Many interviews with, particularly lower league, personalities are very interesting and revealing of the pressure cooker of professional football management.

Great

 on 3 March 2016
By Jw1985
Fantastic read, I also enjoyed nowhere men which Calvin also wrote. Great insight into football management and behind the scenes, it’s fascinating to see just how much stress a manager is under.

A great book for those looking for an insight in what …

 on 16 November 2016
By Luke
A great book for those looking for an insight in what it takes to be a football manager and the different things that go on during daily life at the top.
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