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The Gaffers: Mick McCarthy, Roy Keane and the Team They Built Paperback – 27 Aug 2002

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: O'Brien Press; Later Printing edition (27 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862787815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862787813
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The best parts of it come after meltdown in Saipan where the writer's short, staccato accounts of each of Ireland's games in Japan and Korea are thrilling, even though anyone reading knows exactly what's coming next' (The Sunday Tribune The Sunday Tribune)

'Compulsive reading' (Killarney Advertiser)

About the Author

Paul Howard helps Ross O'Carroll-Kelly to write his autobiographical series, now consisting of four titles, largely because Ross can't really write, roysh? Find out more at

He is also the author of the bestselling prison expose, The Joy, and co-author of Celtic Warrior, the autobiography of boxer Steve Collins.

A former Sports Journalist of the Year, Paul is the chief sports writer for the Sunday Tribune. He covered the World Cup in Japan and Korea in 2002, and the rugby World Cup in Australia in 2003, for the newspaper. His account of the Irish soccer squad, The Gaffers, Mick McCarthy, Roy Keane and the Team they Built, was a bestseller in autumn 2002.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mikey on 6 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
Commissioned before the 2002 World Cup (so not a rushed cash-in), Paul Howard's book traces the relationship between Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy back to the early 1990s and argues, convincingly, that the uneasy tensions between the two created a dynamic that worked to the advantage of the Irish squad: a sort of "good cop, bad cop" partnership. Drawing on interviews with other members of the Irish team, including Niall Quinn and Jason McAteer, and covering the careers of the rest of the boys in green, Howard treads a careful line, giving the stories behind the headlines and sympathetically highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the two "gaffers" who brought Ireland to Japan and Korea in the first place. Bristling with humour (I especially loved the Shay Given and Robbie Keane pieces) and warmth (Howard is obviously a true fan and hasn't got an axe to grind), and containing terrific accounts of each of the Irish team's World Cup games, this hugely entertaining and unbiased book is a much more insightful and recommended read than that Roy of the Ravers nonsense by Dunphy.
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