Alan Curbishley has spent a lifetime in football both as a fan, player and manager.In his forty years, he has seen the game he loves change beyond all recognition. The money, the media, the celebrity culture, the agents - when Curbishley began his playing career in 1975, no one could have foreseen a future in which television rights sold for GBP10 billion.Through incredible access to the biggest names in the game, he takes a look at the modern game in all its guises, from the chairmen and chief executives at the very top to managers and players and all the way to the fans and ground staff. On the way, we hear from an eclectic and colourful cast of characters and some true legends of the sport, old and new: Arsene Wenger, Stevie Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Harry Redknapp, Harry Kane.A truly unique football book, written by one of the most respected and well-connected men in the sport. Never before has such an array of talent been collected within the pages of one book - it will spark discussion, enliven arguments and throw fire onto the debate: as the game changes, does it change for the better?
ALAN CURBISHLEY began his career in professional football as a player with West Ham United in the mid 1970's. He went on to play for Birmingham, Aston Villa, Charlton and Brighton. In 1991 he moved into management with Charlton, guiding them to two promotions and establishing them in the Premier League during his 15 years in charge. After leaving Charlton in 2006 he became West Ham manager, saving the club from what looked like certain relegation before leaving them in 2008. He is now a regular contributor to various TV and radio football shows, both in the UK and abroad.KEVIN BRENNAN who collaborated with Alan Curbishley on this book is a freelance writer. He has known him for almost 30 years and written a number of books, including collaborations former footballer John McGovern, snooker player Willie Thorne, actor William Roache and transgender former boxing manager and promoter, Kellie Maloney. Kevin also collaborated with Alan on a previous book, Valley Of Dreams, which charted his time with Charlton Athletic.