Okay so I am not really a (Tottenham) Spurs' fan, though I've always had a lot of affinity for them since I was a fresh faced kid. This was mainly because of the brilliant ball playing skills of Glenn Hoddle, his fantastic long passes with either foot...and Gazza would reinforce my affection for the side a bit later on. Nowadays it is pleasing to see young Dele Alli - still considered by countless millions of Nigerians here to be a fellow Nigerian - strutting his stuff for Spurs. This type of book I have always liked too, perhaps my favourite being Bobby Robson's diary (book) on the 1986 World Cup finals. It makes me sour though - more than usual - to realise that such books are thin on the ground, or rather non-existent in Black Africa, so to speak. Take a great football figure like Stephen Keshi for example, you go to goodreads hoping to find some books published on his life and work, but zilch. On the other hand, there are countless books on Beckham for one! And he is not alone; apparently in the western world every kid in sport has book(s) published on them. Maybe even young Rashford has his own biography out now? (Oh, I have inadvertently revealed the club I have supported for decades!!) Anyway it is a travesty not to have published books on the likes of African football luminaries like Keshi or Chief Onigbinde... thank God for the great Segun Odegbami, though who has always had literary proclivities. There I go again, always garnering the biscuit for being long-winded. Back to this work, and the current Spurs coach, who always comes across as a nice, amiable, congenial man. This book (diary) serves to confirm this. No doubt he has some sort of magic touch with youngsters, making them grow by leaps and bounds; Kane and Alli for example. He generally has good relations with his players, who essentially blossom tremendously under his tutelgae - again, like that young man who plays for Denmark already stated to be world class. I do not want to be unseemly or whatever the word is, but I am compelled to say that really, Mauricio Pochettino must win a trophy or two soon...nobody wants the tag of "nearly man" eh. But a fascinating individual...and brave new work?
- O Bolaji