RE­QUIRED READ­ING

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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, £20)

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