Written as a diary of Mauricio Pochettino’s third season at the helm of Spurs, this book provides a rare insight into the inner workings of a Premier League club from the incumbent manager’s perspective. As you may expect from a coach who’s so circumspect with the media, this is less a collection of electric anecdotes from the Argentinian and more a handbook on the art of leadership in the modern game. From the ‘tough love’ approach used to develop players at Spurs and previous club Southampton, to his obsession with filming everything at the training ground and his close bond with chairman Daniel Levy, it’s clear that Pochettino’s biggest quality is a natural charisma that can enamour and inspire. Setting aside the wisdom of making all of this public, this is an essential piece of reading for anyone keen to understand how someone goes about transforming a football club.
Brave New World Guillem Balague (Orion, $35)