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  • How to Fix Modern Football

  • You're Better Than That!
  • By: Chris Sutton
  • Narrated by: Chris Sutton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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By: Chris Sutton
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Summary

'As a player and pundit I've seen and experienced plenty of the good, the bad and the ugly. And let's get face facts - there is still plenty of the bad and ugly. Our game can be so much better and in this book I'll tell you just how.'

In his trademark tell-it-like-it-is style, Chris sets his sights on 25 aspects of the modern game that need fixing. From ridiculous rules and feckless agents to dreaded VAR and abusive fans, no subject is out of bounds.

Discover which managers Sutton slams for giving bland post-match interviews, which clubs are fleecing their fans and why he believes Messi and Ronaldo aren't as good as Best and Maradona.

In You're Better Than That! Sutton also reveals who has bagged a spot in his top 10 lists - from the best-value players and most entertaining teams, to the most underrated players and best FA Cup moments.

A former top-level pro player with a 16-year, trophy-laden career behind him, Chris knows the game from the inside out. Now observing from the commentator's perch, his perspective is shot through with experience, passion and occasionally a little anger.

Sutton is a man on a mission, determined to get under the skin of the game he loves and to call out exactly what's going wrong.

©2020 Chris Sutton (P)2020 Octopus Publishing Group

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Great light read/listen

Enjoyed the book. light hearted and some serious stuff. Bit of a rant at times, bit can't argue with most of what Chris says!:

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Old man shouts at clouds springs to mind

I’ll be honest, reader, I haven’t finished the book. In fact, I got to chapter 3. I couldn’t hack it anymore, in the “sage” words of Sutton himself. “I haven’t got the psychology”, what ever that means.

Sutton’s dreary voice makes it tough enough as it is, but it’s essentially complaining that it was better in the old days. Players aren’t tough anymore and that’s awful. “Yes the game is technically better but it isn’t tough” is the underlying argument Chris makes about modern football.

I suppose if you’re over 45, you might find this book interesting. I’m 29, I cannot relate to the anecdotal stories of “hard men squaring up to each other”, which ultimately sounds a bit closeted…if you know what I mean.

If I want to watch hard men do something, I’ll watch UFC…

Anyway, Sutton makes this a really difficult listen. I’d avoid unless you have insomnia. In which case, this is better than any prescribed medication you’ll get.

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Things were better in my day!

This is a bit of a grumpy old man book but it's entertaining enough.

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Mostly Enjoyable

Enjoyed most of this book. I find Chris Sutton a refreshing addition to the football punditry team.

The only negative was I found him to be a bit negative from time to time. But overall it was well worth the download and would highly recommend the book.

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Super book from the best foothall pundit around .

Chris Sutton is in brilliant form here with his common sense view of all that is wrong with modern football.
His book was really enjoyable and written in the same style that epitomised Chris during his playing days .

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Excellent book with lots of thoughtful ideas.

I don't normally take much notice of football pundits, I've been watching the game for a long time and get tired of endless analysis and navel gazing. However Sutton, who was a great player, especially in the green and white hoops, makes some sensible points. I particularly welcome his views on returning to a more physical and aggressive style of play, his comments about the habits and conduct of modern players echo my own long standing thoughts. Furthermore his views on money grasping clubs will certainly chime with the majority of supporters who are asked to part with their hard earned money just to support their team. One thing I think should have been mentioned was the increase in gambling and betting sponsorship by clubs. While this must generate huge income, is it socially responsible for football clubs to promote such things? Overall this is an excellent and well argued book that really makes you think about the game and what the future might hold. Most of the reforms suggested are so sensible that of course the governing bodies will never consider them, but there's definitely an important debate to be had. An excellent book for anyone who cares about and is interested in the beautiful game.

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Amazing

Great book by a great player and pundit. Talks slot of sense like he does on the tele

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Definitely worth a read/listen

Some good ideas and well made points, albeit some of it tongue in cheek!!

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Truer words never spoken about the game

As a Celtic fan obviously I’m drawn to Sutton but I think every fan (including rangers fans) should listen to this book. So many nails hit right on the head, especially in regards to the utter state of youth participation in football. I’m turning 30 soon, as a kid we played football every opportunity we got, wind, rain, snow. Now even at the height of the school holidays the park where I spent so much time is nearly always empty and not only is that a shame it’s a frighten glimpse into what could become of the game we all love so much.

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Not a fan until now.

I’ll admit I have no idea why I bought this but I’m glad I did. Chris Sutton wasn’t my favourite as a player but he’s a good honest pundit. This book is very common sense and highlights many important and some funny issues in the game.