We’re wishing Mike Calvin a very Happy Publication Day as new book Living On The Volcano: The Secrets of Surviving as a Football Manager, is published today!
Described by The Independent as “an illuminating new book on football management”, Living On The Volcano takes the reader on a vivid journey of what it really is to be a football manager.
A man punches the wall in a strategic show of anger. Another complains he has become a stranger to those he loves. A third relies on “my three a day: coffee, Nurofen and a bottle of wine.” Yet another admits he is an oddity, who would prefer to be working in cricket. A fifth describes his professional life as “a circus”. These are football managers, live and uncut. Arsene Wenger likens the job to “living on a volcano: any day may be your last”. He speaks with the authority of being the longest serving manager in the English game, having been at Arsenal for 17 years.
The average lifespan of a Football League manager is 17 months. Fifty three managers, across all four Divisions, were sacked, or resigned, in the 2012-13 season. There were fifty seven managerial changes in the 2013-14 season. What makes these men tick? They are familiar figures, who rarely offer anything more than a glimpse into their personal and professional lives. What shapes them? How and why do they do their job? Award-winning writer Michael Calvin provides the answers.
This is a unique insight into a trade where managers require ruthlessness and empathy, idealism and cunning. Never before have the secrets and myths of football management been so laid bare.
Mike is one of the UK’s most acclaimed sports writers. He was named Sports writer of the Year for his despatches as a crew member in a round the world yacht race and has twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year. He is currently chief sports writer with the Independent on Sunday.
His last book, The Nowhere Men, won the Times Sports Book of the Year prize in 2014. Proud, his collaboration with former Wales and British Lions rugby captain Gareth Thomas, was named Autobiography of the Year in the Cross Pens British Sports Book Awards in 2015.