books that caused a stir
Published 08/11/2011 | 05:00
David O'Leary: Leeds United On Trial
O'Leary's decision to pen a book chronicling the trials of Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer hastened his departure from the Elland Road hot seat. The Dubliner was widely criticised for the timing of the serialisation just two days after Woodgate was convicted of assaulting an Asian student after a night's drinking as Bowyer was acquitted. Many saw the book's serialisation in December 2001, so soon after the verdict, as opportunism. With Leeds losing momentum, O'Leary was gone by the following June.
Jaap Stam: Head to Head
"I cannot see what all the fuss is about because all I was doing was telling the truth," declared Stam in the wake of the storm that greeted the publication of his memoirs in 2001. Stam had made unflattering comments about some of his team-mates, suggesting David Beckham would never make 'Mastermind' and that the Neville brothers were whingers. He also divulged that Alex Ferguson approached him without permission prior to his departure for United from PSV Eindhoven. Within weeks he was sold to Lazio, with Ferguson insisting it was nothing to do with the book.
Jack O'Connor: Keys to the Kingdom
An insightful and honest account of O'Connor's first term in charge of Kerry, he left nothing behind the dressing-room door -- which didn't please everybody involved. There were revelations about incidents on training camps and strong opinions delivered on players. There was plenty of respect shown too, it must be said. But any wounds were healed when he returned in 2009 and delivered another All-Ireland title.