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Done Deal

Narrated by: Simon Darwen
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Sports, Other
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Insightful, enlightening and thought-provoking, leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey lifts the lid on the inner workings of modern football.

Whether it is a manager being sacked, the signing of a new star player, television rights negotiations, player misconduct or multi-million-pound club takeovers, lawyers remain at the heart of all football business dealings. Written by leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey, who has dealt with all these incidents first hand, this highly accessible book explores the issues - from pitch to boardroom - that shape the modern game and how these impact leagues, clubs, players and fans. 

Featuring insider anecdotes and expert contributions, Done Deal provides football fans with a fresh and authoritative perspective on all off-field football matters.    

©2019 Daniel Geey (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Andi
  • 03-01-19

Great book!

Loved it, very interestingly different and looking at a subject that I find particularly fascinating, in a totally new way..

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • 9000
  • 02-17-19

Turgid & Unenlightening

I'll start by saying the narration is fine; there's little the narrator could do to make the text engaging.

Insights such as "before a transfer can be made, clubs must agree a fee" keep popping up in later chapters. The writing lacks style, is dry and is devoid of facts beyond those that even a casual football fan would know. The author himself states that his holidays and other things have involved him being on the phone making deals. From here what we are served up his a bone dry, information light homily to the corporatization of football.

I'm left incredulous that the editor of this book did not come down hard on the author for flogging the term "beautiful game" to death. By chapter 6 I had heard it way too many times for me not to wonder if it was left in as a joke.

This book exposes nothing, regurgitates well known facts, reinforces platitudes that belong in world cup beer commercials and compounds this by being incredibly boring and written without style. It reads like an unenthusiastic teenagers homework assignment, one supplimented generously by Wikipedia. Gianluca Vialli's phoned in introduction sets the tone.

Simon Kuper is easily a better writer on the subject of football. All Daniel Geey manages to do in this book is convince me of how little the world requires coproate lawyers.

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  • AS
  • 07-17-19

A bit bored by the end

Got a bit bored toward the end. Some interesting info. Reading was a bit start stop.

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  • Kieron Casey
  • 05-18-19

No Real Insights

Unfortunately, this is a repetitive book with no real insights fans of the game won't already have at least a vague understanding of (i.e. two teams seek to agree a fee before transfering a player). It seems that the short chapters would make this work better as a referal handbook than anything else.

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  • Stuart R.
  • 03-26-19

Very insightful book

Really good, only downside is the Reading of data tables is difficult to follow Audibly

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  • Owen
  • 03-22-19

basic and obvious.

little true insight into the inner workings of the game. covers basic knowledge that any regular football supporter would already know about

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  • MR M R H ALAMIR
  • 03-12-19

The narrator was not good. He speaked in one tone

The narrator was not good. He speaked in one tone and it felt robot-like and not human

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-19

A sheep in wolves clothing!

It seems that this would be a great insight into the dealings in football. The behind the scenes that the everyday fan doesn't get to hear about, the juicy stories about what really happened with a transfer and why, but no. Its just an instructional account of how transfers work, buy out clauses, transfer fees and so on. The average fan will already know 90% of what's here. Would be a good buy for a complete novice.

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  • Michael
  • 03-07-19

no what i was expecting

if u like figures and stuff then this is your book but theres no many storys and lost interest quite quick

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-21-19

Very repetitive, save your money

Managed about 2/3 of the book before I had to stop.

There is some interesting parts but it seems that some of the points are repeated every chapter.

Seriously lost count of how many times you are told that a player setting up a Ltd company for their image rights, offers them the opportunity to pay only 19% tax instead of 45% on their base salary. Was handy to know the first time, not every 10 mins.

Might finish it if I ever need some tax advice.

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