Monoray has signed a book for fans of the beautiful game from "tell-it-like-it-is" football pundit and former pro player Chris Sutton.
Publisher Jake Lingwood acquired world rights to You're Better Than That! How To Fix Modern Football from Kevin Pocklington at The North Literary Agency, to publish on 14th May £14.99.
The book – the title of which is borrowed from Sutton’s popular catchphrase from BBC Radio 5 Live’s flagship football phone-in 606 – will take readers through 25 aspects of the modern game that need fixing. "From diving players to abusive fans, from feckless agents to the dreaded VAR, from the standard of referees to the lunacy of the managerial merry-go-round, Sutton leaves no stone unturned", promises Monoray.
Sutton’s career as a footballer included spells at Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Celtic, Birmingham City and Aston Villa. He's won five league titles and three Scottish Cups, played in the UEFA Cup Final and has won the Premier League's Golden Boot. Since retiring as a player, he has been a football co-commentator and pundit for BT Sport, featuring prominently in live Premier League and FA Cup coverage, and for BBC Radio 5 Live. He is also a regular columnist for the Daily Mail and the Daily Record.
Lingwood said of the acquisition: "Chris is so passionate about the game, and has some brilliant ideas about how to fix it. He is also, how shall we say, ‘refreshing’ in his directness! It all adds up to an entertaining, stand-out book that will become a must read for anyone who loves football."
Sutton said: "Football is our game – the game we all adore. As a player and pundit I’ve seen and experienced plenty of the good, the bad and the ugly. And let’s 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 – ruffling a few feathers along the way in search for the whole, unvarnished truth. This is my quest to right football of its wrongs."