The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport (Hardback)
  • The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport (Hardback)
zoom

The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport (Hardback)

(author), (author)
£20.00 £16.99
Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 10/01/2019
  • Save £3.01
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

Shortlisted for The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2019

How did English football - once known for its stale pies, bad book-keeping and hooligans - become a commercial powerhouse and the world's premium popular entertainment?

This was a business empire built in only twenty-five years on ambition, experimentation and gambler's luck. Lead by a motley cast of executives, Russian oligarchs, Arab Sheikhs, Asian Titans, American Tycoons, battle-hardened managers, ruthless agents and the Murdoch media - the Premier League has been carved up, rebranded and exported to phenomenal 185 countries. The United Nations only recognizes 193.

But the extraordinary profit of bringing England's ageing industrial towns to a compulsive global attention has come at a cost. Today, as players are sold for hundreds of millions and clubs are valued in the billions, local fans are being priced out - and the clubs' local identities are fading. The Premier League has become the classic business fable for our globalised world.

Drawing on dozens of exclusive and revelatory interviews from the Boardrooms - including Liverpool's John W. Henry, Tottenham's Daniel Levy, Martin Edwards and David Gill at Manchester United, Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke at Arsenal, Manchester City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain, and executives at Chelsea, West Ham, Leicester City and Aston Villa - this is the definitive bust and boom account of how the Premier League product took over the world.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473699519
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A remarkable and astonishing transformation ... detailed with panache' - The Sunday Times 

'Magnificent ... Witty, pacy, thorough, this is a book hard to put down' - The Daily Mail 

'The most fascinating book ever written about the Premier League' - Mundial 

'Astute ... forensic and impeccably sourced' - The Economist 

'A fascinating and necessary investigation into the forces that led to the creation of the Premier League. Meticulous in its research' - Jonathan Wilson

'Clegg and Robinson are expert storytellers in unspooling the narrative of one of Britain's most successful exports, illustrating the creative tensions between owners that made it possible. The work is at once thorough but also readable and entertaining, with protagonists presented as real live characters, rather than faceless suits: a testament to their reporting and writing skills' - Gabriele Marcotti 

'A fascinating book, by two witty and meticulous sports writers' - The Sunday Times 

'A jaunty journey through the past quarter of a century in English football' - The Times 

'Brilliant' - Miguel Delaney, Independent 

'A tale told with much verve and some wit by two experienced sports journalists ... Revelatory' - Spectator 

You may also be interested in...

The Numbers Game
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
McIlvanney On Football
Added to basket
Fever Pitch
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Promised Land
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Mister
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Miracle Of Castel Di Sangro
Added to basket
A Season With Verona
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Family
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Forever Young
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Illustrated History of Football
Added to basket
The Football Man
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Saturday, 3pm
Added to basket
£9.99
Hardback
Inverting the Pyramid
Added to basket
The Beautiful Game?
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Ball is Round
Added to basket
Soccernomics
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Forever Boys
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.