Sir Matt Busby, Bob Paisley and Mauricio Pochettino lead The 2018 Coutts Football Writers’ Association Award Longlist

Posted on March 19, 2018 by alice. More news

Biographies of some of the most successful football managers, past and present, dominate the Football Writers’ Association Book of the Year Award Long List for 2018.

Now sponsored by Coutts, it is one of 10 categories within the Sports Book Awards Ceremony which takes place at Lord’s Cricket Ground on June 7th.

Sir Matt Busby by Patrick  Barclay and Quiet Genius (Life of Bob Paisley) by Ian Herbert will compete in the football book category with David Bolchover’s The Greatest Comeback, the story of Bela Guttmann. Each are European Cup-winning managers, a feat that remains elusive to Mauricio Pochettino, the exciting young coach at Spurs and subject of Brave New World by Sky Sports La Liga pundit Guillem Balague also longlisted.

Stephen Constantine is a lesser-known veteran coach of six different national teams in four continents. His story, written with Owen AmosFrom Delhi to the Den: The Story of Football’s Most Travelled Manager continues the strong managerial theme running through the list.

Last year’s Autobiography of the Year award winner at the Sports Book Awards, Michael Calvin who co-authored Joey Barton’s life story, is long listed again with No Hunger in Paradise, the third part in his much celebrated trilogy of football writing. James Montague is another previous winner and his book, The Billionaires Club, takes a delve into the unstoppable rise of football’s super rich owners while Martin Lipton’s White Hart Lane provides football fans with a complete history of Tottenham Hotspur’s home  before it re-opens after redevelopment next season.

Tom van Hulsen’s Game Changers – The Remarkable Story of Dutch Masters Arnold Muhren and Frans Thijssen, celebrates  two great Ipswich Town midfield maestros while Doctor Socrates by Andrew Downie chronicles the maverick, iconic captain of the greatest Brazil side never to win the World Cup. David Tossell’s Alan Ball: The Man in White Boots completes the midfield quartet for the 2018 long list.

James Corbett’s Faith Of Our Families: Everton FC –An Oral Histrory 1878-2018 is a book told by the people who made the club and completes  the long list. The Coutts Football Writers make it  Football Writers’ Association Book of the Year award is part of The Sports Book of the Year Awards which celebrated its 15th birthday in 2017.

The Sports Book Awards are judged by an outstanding group of sports celebrities, broadcasters and journalists. The Autobiography of the Year judging panel this year includes: Dame Katherine Grainger, Alison Kervin, Christine Ohuruogu, Simon Halliday, David Walsh and Joey Barton.

David Willis, Chairman of the Sports Book Awards said: ‘We are delighted to be announcing the Football Writers’ Association Book of the Year Long List and working in partnership with Coutts for the first time and the highly esteemed Football Writers’ Association.’

Simon Hopes, Director Coutts, in response said: ‘The business of football is very important to Coutts and we are very appreciative of the opportunity to partner with The Sports Book Awards and the Football Writers’ Association for the first time in FIFA World Cup year.’

Mike Collett, Chair of the Football Writers’ Association Books Committee, commented: ‘We’re incredibly impressed by the quality of this year’s football writing. So much so that we’ve decided to announce this long list for the first time. We’re thrilled with the continued association with the Sports Book Awards team and by the new sponsorship from Coutts.’

The winners of the 2018 Sports Book of the Year Awards will be announced at a gala awards dinner to take place at Lord’s Cricket Ground on the evening of June 7th.

The Sports Book of the Year Awards partners include Sky Sports, The Times, Thomson Reuters, AT Cross and Coutts. The final short lists for the 2018 Sports Book of the Year Awards will be announced at a further reception at Coutts Strand branch on May 10th 2018.

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