Brave New World
Inside Pochettino's Spurs
By Guillem Balague
The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the Mauricio Pochettino revolution at Spurs
The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the Mauricio Pochettino revolution at Spurs, told in his own words
The Sunday Times Bestseller
'An unparalleled insight into one of the most exciting managers currently working in football' Independent
Since joining the club in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino has transformed Tottenham from underachievers into genuine title contenders. In the process, he has marked himself out as one of the best young managers in the world, more than holding his own against the Premier League's established heavyweights. He has done so by promoting an attacking, pressing style of football and by nurturing home-grown talent, fully endearing himself to the Spurs faithful along the way.
Guillem Balagué was granted unprecedented access to Pochettino and his backroom staff for the duration of the 2016-17 season, and he has therefore been able to draw on extensive interview material with Pochettino, his family, his closest assistants, players such as Dele Alli and Harry Kane, and even a very rare conversation with Daniel Levy to tell the manager's story in his own words. From Pochettino's early years as a player and coach to his transformation of Tottenham into one of the best teams in England, the book uniquely reveals the inner workings of the man and of his footballing philosophy. It also lays bare what it takes to run a modern-day football team competing at the highest level over the course of a single campaign. The result is the most comprehensive and compelling portrait of a manager and of a club in the Premier League era.
Guillem Balague is the author of Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Barça, Pep Guardiola and A Season on the Brink. A key fixture of Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football since 1997, he appears regularly on live match coverage and presents the weekly round-up show Revista de la liga. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Spanish sports newspaper, writes weekly for Yahoo and has a monthly Special Show on Talksport. He is the Director of Football of the English football club Biggleswade United. Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Best Football Book of the Year at the 2016 British Sports Book Awards and Guillem won Influencer of the Year 2016 in the Football Blogging Awards.
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26 Oct 2017
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'Brave New World: Inside Pochettino's Spurs reads like it is the start of something, a self-aware manager exploring some bold ideas and exciting potential . . . Pochettino comes over, above all, as a man who puts enormous stock in working relationships, trust, and comfort in his environment . . . But mostly there are detailed insights into the impressive workings of a football manager' — Matt Dickinson, The Times
'Mauricio Pochettino may be the most interesting coach currently working in England, perhaps even Europe. The author is granted unprecedented access to see the inner workings of one of the success stories in the Premier League in recent years' — Joel Sked, i news, The 10 Best Football Books of 2017
'An essential piece of reading for anyone keen to understand how someone goes about transforming a football club' — FourFourTwo
'An unparalleled insight into one of the most exciting managers working in football' — Independent