Dundee United manager Micky Mellon has drawn on his own experiences to those of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in writing his debut novel.
The Arabs boss’ first book, The First 100 Days: Lessons in Leadership from the Football Bosses, will be released on March 25. It contains interviews with the likes of West Brom manager Sam Allardyce, Manchester United boss Solskjaer and Rangers legend Walter Smith.
Written in collaboration with head teacher Phil Denton, all proceeds from the book will go towards the fight against Motor Neurone Disease as Mellon honours ex-Burnley teammate Lenny Johnrose.
The Dundee United manager says it was a ‘fascinating’ experience: “It is not a book about me. It is a book where I have gone out and gathered evidence on how top managers in the game work.
“It has been a two-and-a-half to three-year pilgrimage for me, if you like, to go and ask the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Sean Dyche, David Moyes, Sam Allardyce, Walter Smith and Joe Royle what was important to them in their success in the first 100 days of them taking managerial jobs.
“The knowledge I was able to gather from them was absolutely phenomenal. It got to a point where I showed it to the League Managers Association in England and they have pre-ordered 600 copies. There is that much stuff they want their members to be able to use about what all these top managers are doing or have done and how they go about building a platform to work forward from, not just in football but any job.
“We have already got to the point where we are (working on) a second book. The people who have read it have said you can’t finish here. How do you keep it going? Well, we aren’t ready to walk away yet and are looking at the next book – beyond the 100 days.
“An American president gets measured on his first 100 days. They can determine how successful he is going to be from that opening period. We did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s whole 100 days – it is all in the book.
“He actually got offered his (Man United) job from their American owners on his 100th day of his trial from Molde. They gave him a three-year contract. It was fascinating to do.”
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