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Publication Date
01 October 2011
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The Management

Scotland’s Great Football Bosses
by Michael Grant & Rob Robertson - Find out more about the author

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‘Scotland’s record as a producer of outstanding managers dwarfs that of any other country in the world. This excellent book provides vivid and fascinating insights into that remarkable distinction’ – Hugh McIlvanney
‘A superb book which examines the contribution Scottish managers have made to the global game’ – Scottish Daily Mail
‘A book that is already being viewed as a seminal tome’ – Daily Record
The Management will very likely provoke thought, inspire debate and perhaps even go as far as to ignite controversy. A monument to the impossibly impressive number of exceptional football managers produced by Scotland . . . Get the book and wallow in the memories’ – The Scotsman
‘A brilliant study on this nation’s contribution to football management. The research and interviews of Grant and Robertson have produced a book bursting with ideas. The Management is a magisterial study in that it considers all evidence and calls an array of witnesses’ – The Herald
‘The first, an outstanding piece of work about remarkable football men. The Management isn’t just a heavyweight football tome, it’s an important contribution to the history of this country covering, as it does, the pit and football park and why one is so inextricably linked to the other. The examination is forensic, the analysis of the miracle of the little nation and the big men utterly compelling. Some of the material that Grant and Robertson have produced on these extraordinary men is quite wonderful. The scale of the book is vast’ – Scotland on Sunday
Why has Scotland produced so many of the best football managers in the world? Based on exclusive interviews with the men themselves, their players or close friends and family, Michael Grant and Rob Robertson reveal the huge contribution that Scottish managers like Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Jock Stein, Tommy Docherty, Jim McLean, Kenny Dalglish, George Graham, Walter Smith, Gordon Strachan, Alex McLeish and David Moyes, as well as a host of others, have made to the world game.
This clever, original and brilliantly-realised analysis presents a fascinating account of each man, profiling their character and methods, individual strengths and weaknesses, and their impact on club or international football. It is a deeply-researched and compelling story which presents new material on many of the greats, particularly Busby and Stein, and highlights the enormous Old Firm contributions of, among others, Willie Maley, Bill Struth and Graeme Souness.

With an analysis of the role of mining, heavy industry and politics in producing these tough, natural leaders, witty anecdotes on the great managers’ run-ins with the media, a comprehensive roll of honour showing everything they have won, and an assessment of whether Scotland will continue to produce charismatic and successful bosses in the future, The Management is insightful, measured, revealing and utterly unique.

Michael Grant has been a football writer for over two decades and covered Scottish club and international football all over the world, including three World Cups and three European Championships. He worked in Inverness before moving to the Press & Journal in Aberdeen and then, in 1999, becoming chief football writer of The Sunday Herald. He has been chief football writer of The Herald since 2009. He suspects 1983 was as good as football can get.

Rob Robertson is an award-winning staff sports writer with The Scottish Daily Mail. The former Scotland Young Journalist of the Year has previously written books on the rise of Scottish tennis star Andy Murray, the inside story of how Vladimir Romanov took control of Heart of Midlothian football club and The Don, the authorised biography of Aberdeen and Scotland legend Willie Miller.