Tuesday 17 January 2017

A life lived in the beautiful game

From player to manager to TV pundit, John Giles is the quintessential football man, says Aengus Fanning

Published 14/11/2010 | 05:00

John Giles, who took no prisoners on the football field, has become a master at conflict avoidance since he quit the compromising realpolitik of football management when he left West Bromwich Albion in 1985.

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His autobiography, John Giles, a Football Man, written in collaboration with outstanding Sunday Independent journalist Declan Lynch, is a fascinating, accomplished and beautifully written football book.

Giles is a sharp and acerbic observer, and his life experience as a world-class player, successful football manager, brilliant TV presenter and fine journalist, allied to his intelligence, make him uniquely placed to lift the lid off the seamier side of football.

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