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  • One of the issues Calvin explores in his most recent book State of Play is the need for more emotionally intelligent managers and coaches in football, as epitomised by England manager Gareth Southgate.

    CNN Sport
  • As enthralling and insightful as any fans of Mike’s previous books would expect

    Matt Williams, Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year Podcast
  • A grandstand view of the beautiful game . . . Calvin draws on his own frontline reporting as well as interviews with leading football figures to present an exhaustive portrait of the modern game.

    Radio Times
  • Thought-provoking and well-wrought.

    The Sunday Times
  • Michael Calvin has done the game a massive service with this broad ranging, hard-hitting and exceptionally well researched book and he has also written it in a beautiful, lucid prose style.

    Greville Waterman Review

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