Giles scores a six-figure deal for his memoirs
HE'S been the iconic face of RTE's soccer coverage for more than 20 years -- but it was on the football pitch that Johnny Giles enchanted a generation of fans.
Now the 69-year-old has signed what sources say is a six-figure publishing deal to write his story.
Hachette Books Ireland and Hodder & Stoughton (UK) have jointly acquired the rights to Giles's long-awaited autobiography.
The book, 'John Giles: A Football Man', will be published in November this year to coincide with his 70th birthday.
Written in collaboration with 'Sunday Independent' journalist Declan Lynch, it is likely to be one of the biggest sports books of the year.
Giles was widely regarded as one of the best footballers of his generation and was voted Ireland's greatest player.
He also had a reputation for being one of the hard men of the game, known for his crunching tackles.
The book will tell the story of his journey from a youth at Home Farm and then Manchester United under the great Matt Busby, to his part in the classic Leeds United team of the 1960s and 70s.
It will also recount his years in charge of the Republic of Ireland team, his time in football management in Britain, Canada and the US, all the way to his current double act with Eamonn Dunphy as football pundits on RTE.
There will be particular interest in what he has to say about Dunphy, a relationship that has been more than a little strained at times.
Hachette Books Ireland editor Ciara Considine said yesterday: 'We are delighted to have acquired this book. John Giles is an icon of our times -- remembered as a player of rare talents, recognised as an analyst of exceptional gifts. His fans have waited a long time for this book, and it promises to deliver as the sporting title of the year."
Hodder & Stoughton (UK) editor Roddy Bloomfield said: "Acquiring the autobiography of John Giles is a great bonus for us. Not only did John have an incredibly successful career as a player, he has an exceptional football brain and is a most gifted storyteller."