Can We Have Our Football Back?


How the Premier League is ruining football and what we can do about it...
"Britain's most original football thinker and writer..." Danny Kelly. Broadcaster & Writer.

A passionate howl against what the Premier League has done and continues to do to our game, to our clubs, to our communities, to our values, to our mental health and even to our planet. This is a classic John Nicholson polemic which will provoke minds and stir emotions like no other football book you've ever read.

By taking apart the orthodoxies that we all take for granted about the Premier League, up to and including whether it is even very popular. By dissecting what the financial model it is based on has done to the game. By challenging the economic, sporting and moral principles which govern and underpin the Premier League, Johnny deconstructs the Premier League illusion that 27 years of marketing has created and perpetuated. In doing so he draws back the veil on a heart of darkness that tries to sell us its horribly dysfunctional dystopia as the Best League In The World.

But he doesn't stop there. By talking to some of the finest people in football media to find out where they think the game is going, such as Mark Chapman, Chris Sutton, Steve Crossman, Niall Sloane, Simon Jordan, Paddy Barclay, Jonathan Northcroft, Anthony Vickers, John Roder, Pat Murphy, Pat Nevin and John Murray, Johnny has drawn up a blueprint for a route to a more competitive, more financially sane, more uplifting league, free from grotesque wealth and the grasping hands of venture capitalists, asset strippers, sports washers and all the other sulphurous characters that orbit football today.

And what's more, in a fascinating meeting with a Premier League player and someone who has worked in the game all his life, including in the top flight, he discovers that there are people working in the game today who totally agree with him.

A compulsive read, Can We Have Our Football Back? is a soulful, romantic, often funny but always radical book which shamelessly advocates nothing short of a revolution. You might passionately agree or disagree with Johnny, but you can't ignore him. 



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