Thursday 22 March 2018

A life lived in the beautiful game

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

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.

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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