The People's Game: A View from a Front Seat in Football

Gary Neville

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From the publisher:

'Gary Neville usually talks a lot of sense, and writes it too . . . Neville's words are timely.' Henry Winter, The Times

'Brilliant.' Mail on Sunday

The beautiful game is under threat. The greed and selfishness of the biggest clubs is harming the sport, with smaller clubs struggling for financial survival and supporters being left behind. It's time to fix football.

Football is the people's game. A sport accessible to everyone and enjoyed by millions around the world. But football is broken.

Beneath the glamourous sheen of the Premier League, it's a game that's rusting and rotten. The growing influence and wealth of the biggest teams is harming the game, leaving fans out of pocket and smaller clubs clinging to survival. The European Super League, which looked to eradicate competition in favour of guaranteed profits, was just the beginning.

This isn't what football is about. Something's got to change. Enough is enough.

Gary Neville has had a front-row seat in football for over 30 years, witnessing the sport at every level - as a player, a coach, a pundit and an owner. Most of all, he's a fan. Shocked by the state of the game, Gary looks to find out how we got into this mess, who's responsible, and what we can do about it.

The People's Game is Gary's vision for a brighter future. Drawing on interviews with those at the epicentre of the sport's biggest issues - from the role of ownership to the lack of funding in the football league, the rise in racism, ownership models and the future of the women's game - he explains how football has sleepwalked into this mess and offers a new path forward. With stories from his own playing career, as well as insight into some of the biggest footballing decisions in recent history, this is a total look at the game today.

This is a passionate, personal and critical account of how football lost its soul, and what we can do to get it back.

The author:

Gary Neville is one of the most successful English football players of all time. He won 20 trophies in 20 years at Manchester United, including eight Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues. He represented England for more than 10 years, winning 85 caps. He has seen it all in football as a player, coach, owner, businessman, pundit and journalist. His autobiography Red was a no. 1 Sunday Times bestseller and The Gary Neville Podcast frequently tops the UK podcast chart..


Hodder & Stoughton
24 x 16 cm
336 pages
September 2022