Jon Smith was the man responsible for bringing the Premier League to the TV screens of one-fifth of the world's population across 180 different countries. He created the initial concept of 'Team England', introduced product placement to football to make it the booming commercial success it is today and brokered some of the biggest deals of the era for players such as Diego Maradona, Gary Pallister and Andrey Arshavin (with just 8 seconds of the transfer window left).
A book which shines a light on a much discussed though little understood aspect of the football business - The IndependentExcellent . . . an in-depth excavation of the murky and mysterious world of football business. Smith's candid and often shocking book reveals the true workings of football business that take into account things few of us even could even imagine . . . The Deal answers some of those questions and leaves you wanting more. It is an educational tool that most fans could do with researching - ExpressJon Smith knows the business of football like no one else - GQAn innovator within his field - Jewish ChronicleA fascinating insight - footballfancast.com