Unfit and Improper Persons : An Idiot’s Guide to Owning a Football Club FROM THE PRICE OF FOOTBALL PODCAST Hardback
â€˜A very funny book that tackles some serious football issues.â€™ Gary Lineker'Witty and wise.' Clare Balding â€˜Brilliant.
Blows the lid off football. Hilarious, detailed and insightful.â€™ Alan Davies--- Ever dreamed of setting up your own football club?
Join the team behind The Price of Football podcast as they start a (fictional) football club and discover whatâ€™s really going on behind the scenes of the beautiful game. Buying a football club will set you back a few quid, but youâ€™ve also got to pass the Premier League and EFL's â€˜fit and proper persons testâ€™.
That all seems like a bit of a faff to the team behind the award-winning podcast The Price of Football, so acclaimed comedy writer Kevin Day, football finance expert Kieran Maguire and producer Guy Kilty start an imaginary club instead. In Unfit and Improper Persons they take West Park Rovers on a hilarious journey from the lowest level of the FA pyramid right up to the English Football League, the Premier League and, if fortune favours the fictional, into the heart of Europe. At least thatâ€™s the plan, but inevitably they face a few challenges along the way.
Where to find a shirt sponsor? What should the mascot be â€“ is a dog called Rover too obvious?
Can they pay the womenâ€™s team the same as the menâ€™s team? (Spoiler alert: hardly anyone else does.) And how can they get Messi to the Kleanwell Stadium next season, like they promised the fans?Roofing over the toilets, paying the electric on the floodlights, salary caps, parachute payments and avoiding bankruptcy, never mind relegation â€“ owning a football club isnâ€™t all about stuffing prawn sarnies and quaffing champagne in the directorsâ€™ box. Unfit and Improper Persons is informed, funny and, thanks to exclusive interviews with those whoâ€™ve been there, done that, it lays bare the labyrinthine world of football finance.