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).
This insightful expose ... will impress any serious fans of the beautiful game * Heat * A fascinating insight * footballfancast.com * An innovator within his field * Jewish Chronicle * Jon Smith knows the business of football like no one else * GQ * Jon Smith's The Deal is the page turner of 2016, the most fascinating behind-the-scenes account of football I have read ...Excellent ... 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 -- Joe Short Express A book which shines a light on a much discussed though little understood aspect of the football business ... A rare insight -- Ian Herbert The Independent