Football managers and the press

Authored by: Stephen Wagg

Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138671874
eBook ISBN: 9781315616704
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315616704-25

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Abstract

Few roles in sporting life are more defined by their relationship to the media than that of the manager of a leading football club. How has a role that was once almost invisible become central to the coverage of the most-reported game, turning leading managers into celebrities and making their performance “an on-top individual explanation” for the fortunes of their team, irrespective of resources and other context? An examination of this “myth of long-standing” explores the reasons for a transformation that means José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola “float through our consciousness and daily discourse”, looking in depth at recent managers of Leicester City.

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