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Jack Charlton: The Autobiography by Charlton, Jack; Byrne, Peter (Anglais)
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His childhood was simple yet character building and is told here with feeling. Jack Charlton seems such an honest man when seen on TV and this book backs up that statement. He tells it as it is and really there is no middle ground with the man. His story is told in a modest way - he really never realised his football talent - and very nearly ended up following his father into mining. When the chance to go to Leeds came a second time he grabbed it with both hands, and the rest as they say is history.
Often a difficult man the story explains how Don Revie helped to focus his mind during his first few years at Leeds. I found this book extremely readable and interesting and one of the better footballing autobiographys available. You can't help thinking what a talented and 100% football man Big Jack is. His record speaks for its self.
Leeds United, England, Eire and his family - its all here and to be honest could be a much longer book - Excellent and great read.
However, in between the expected football anecdotes there is another level, where Charlton’s character emerges. There are fascinating insights, not into what he did, but how he thought. He was the less gifted of two footballing brothers, never having the truly exceptional talent of his brother Bobby. In this book it is remarkable how often he defines himself by comparison to Bobby. He appears to cultivate a distinctive gruff, outspoken character, which he then becomes. It is this path perhaps which in the end leads to some of his impetuous responses to conflict, which do more harm to him than to anyone else: he reacted as Jack Charlton would react. A good footballing book but with something deeper which today’s football autobiographies sadly have been purged of.
Jack doesn't use football cliches, and doesn't hold back in his views, particularly on his brother Bobby.
Having read this book, it is easy to understand how Jack turned groups of limited players into successful teams, culminating in the Republic of Ireland's emergence as a force in world football.
How industry could do with characters like Jack to cut through the meaningless language of 'corporate strategy.'
An excellent read.