How Not to Be a Professional Footballer

How Not to Be a Professional Footballer

By Paul Merson

  • Release Date : 2011-03-31
  • Genre : Football
  • FIle Size : 8.99 MB
Score: 4.5
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How Not to Be a Professional Footballer An anecdote-driven narrative of the classic footballer's ‘DOs and DO NOTs’ from the ever-popular Arsenal legend and football pundit Paul Merson, aka ‘The Merse’.

When it comes to advice on the pitfalls of life as a professional footballer, Paul Merson can pretty much write the manual. In fact, that's exactly what he's done in this hilarious new book which manages to be simultaneously poignant and gloriously funny.

Merson was a prodigiously talented footballer in the 80s and 90s, gracing the upper echelons of the game - and the tabloid front pages - with his breathtakingly skills and larger-than-life off-field persona.

His much-publicised battles with gambling, drug and alcohol addiction are behind him now, and football fans continue to be drawn to his sharp footballing brain and playful antics on SkySports cult results show Soccer Saturday.

The book delights and entertains with a treasure chest of terrific anecdotes from a man who has never lost his love of football and his inimitable joie de vivre through a 25-year association with the Beautiful Game.

The DO NOTs include:
DO NOT adopt 'Champagne' Charlie Nicholas as your mentor
DO NOT share a house with Gazza
DO NOT regularly place £30,000 bets at the bookie's
DO NOT get so drunk that you can't remember the 90 minutes of football you just played in
DO NOT manage Walsall (at any cost)

How Not to be a Professional Footballer is a hugely entertaining, moving and laugh-out-loud funny story.


Some of The Merse's one-liners:

"The lad's like a fish up a tree."
Translation: that player looks a little lost and out of his depth

"It's a worldy strike."
Translation: that is a world class long-range goal

About the author

Paul Merson was born in Brent, London in 1968. He won two League Championships, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a European Cup-Winner's Cup during his 12 years as a legend of Arsenal, before his surprise transfer to First Division Middlesbrough in 1997.
He was instrumental in Boro gaining promotion to the Premiership in 1998/99, but left the club less than a month into the new season to join Aston Villa for £6.75 million. After five years with Villa he moved to Portsmouth in 2002 and was key in helping Pompey achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2003.
Paul then played for - and managed - Walsall before finally retiring in 2006 after more than 600 appearances and 126 goals in a glittering career which also brought 21 England caps.
Merson is now a panellist on SkySports' iconic weekend football results show, Soccer Saturday.


  • Awesome book

    By Otterboy007
    Cracking read 👍🏻
  • Fascinating read

    By Fatman9
    What a great insight of a clearly trouble man. Takes great courage to come out and admit anything let alone three things. Congratulations on a great book and an even better career.
  • Good

    By BenCam
    Very easy book to read, with many interesting and insightful stories along the way
  • Worth a read

    By Ironviking-
    Surprisingly humorous, sad at times but highly entertaining.
  • Hilarious and well written autobiography

    By Dblow1
    Very funny
  • Paul Mersin

    By Windy villa
    Very good read, good behind the scenes of a top footballers life, interesting insight of a footballers struggle with his addictions. His start to finish football life. Well known names of the game connected with his journey! Interesting stories, well donePaul Merson for coming trough the dark side! A legend on the field but an idiot off it!
  • Top book!

    By Sparkymarky91
    Great read. A good insight into the life of professional footballers back in the 90's
  • Cw

    By Gfgyymarlin
    Very entertaining but sad!
  • Best footy book ever

    By Jackyw9
    Read this in like 5 hours and I'm not a person who usually reads too much but couldn't put this book down had me crying with laughter Deffo recommend
  • How not to be a professional footballer

    By timkent85
    Brilliant book by ex-footballer and hell raiser Paul Merson,very honest and in places very funny well done Merse!