Michael Cox is the author of The Mixer. A football writer for the Guardian and ESPN, he is also the co-founder of the Zonal Marking website. He lives in south London and is a season-ticket holder at seventh-tier Kingstonian FC. Zonal Marking is his second book.
'A compelling examination of the evolution of tactics in the Premier League. A fine read, and a powerful reminder of how much has changed.' - Matthew Syed, The Times
'Thanks to his meticulous research and his focus on strategy, Mr Cox finds a fresh perspective on a story that football fans will think they already knew' - The Economist
'The Mixer, by Michael Cox is a very unusual football writer in that he specialises in the game as it's actually played, rather than the gossip or folklore around it. The Mixer is a tactical history of the English Premier League, with telling anecdotes on every page. It's deeply informed and a pleasure to read.' - Financial Times
'If you're in mourning that the footie season is over, this is for you. Delving deep into the beautiful game, it's a look back at how the sport has changed over the years. Nostalgia will hit as you'll remember iconic matches, too' - The Sun
'Intelligently written. Impressively researched. Fascinatingly
addictive. Michael Cox is like a cartographer, remapping the
landscape of the Premier League so we see the contours of it
afresh. That's some feat.'
- Duncan Hamilton, two-time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year
'Michael Cox provides brilliant tactical context to our
favourite moments of Premier League nostalgia.
The Mixer is as entertaining as a Wanchope dribble, with the authority of a Shearer finish and the panache of a Cantona celebration. And you may even learn to love Tony Pulis a little bit.' - Ben Lyttleton, author of Twelve Yards: The Art & Psychology of the Perfect Penalty