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Wanderers, Rovers & Rangers: The Modern British Football Coach Around the Globe

John Duerden

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From the publisher:

Throughout history British coaches have made their presence felt across the world. From helping humble teams become the super clubs we know today to tactical innovations as the game grew nation by nation, the British had a huge hand in shaping football's early global history.

In the modern age they are still to be found far from home but where once they were at the forefront they now walk some of the less travelled pathways. Even some of the highest profile footballers have found coaching careers that have taken them to places they may never have considered before and Tony Adams, Bryan Robson and the large Howard Kendall talk about their adventures as Wanderers, Rovers & Rangers, along with with many more as the book charts a course through the world of British coaches near, far and everywhere in between.

Hear about the British coaches who have dealt with outbreaks of Ebola in Africa during World cup qualification, earthquakes in Japan, dictatorial big club owners in Spain, match-fixing in Southeast Asia and prejudice about the British way of playing almost everywhere. Meet characters such as Bob Houghton, who took Malmo to the 1979 European Cup final, Tony Waiters, the former England goalkeeper who led Canada to their only World Cup in 1986 and Gary White, the young Englishman who gave Guam a first ever World Cup qualification win in 2015.

Wanderers, Rovers & Rangers tells the story of modern British coaches plying their trade worldwide and some of the incredible triumphs and disasters along the way. From the sublime to the ridiculous one thing becomes clear - football has never mattered more worldwide, and British coaches will continue to carve their own paths through the game.

The author:

John Duerden has lived in Asia since the turn of the century and writes extensively on Asian football. He is the Asian Football Correspondent for BBC Radio, ESPN, The Guardian, New York Times, World Soccer Magazine and Associated Press. 


Ockley Books
24 x 15 cm
224 pages
August 2018