Review of Pay as you Play by Paul Tomkins


From the outset it is fair to say that this is a book for football diehards only and even then it reads like more university essay/blog more than anything else.

As such despite the interest there is in seeing in statistical form that Sam Allardyce achieved his initial success on a shoestring budget and that money has got more and more crucial to achieving things in the Premier League (big shock I know) I didn’t feel there was enough to justify this being a book.

It might have been an enjoyable blog post but it was a slog to read as a book. If you want to read an fun and interesting book about statistics, money and sport try Moneyball.


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