He was ahead of his time in getting his players to do a high press. They hunted in packs and made life hell for the opposition in their own half. Which, I guess, Liverpool and Man City and others do today. In possession, he wanted it delivered directly. That wasn’t playing to the strengths of O’Leary, Brady, Whelan, Aldridge but he believed in his game plan and got all his players to do so as well.
His man management and charisma made a united and talented bunch very hard to beat. I was listening to Mick Byrne this morning who was involved in the Ireland set up with big Jack and that was what he identified. Jack’s man management skills, how he treated his players like adults and how they all bought into it.
Jack’s contribution to Irish culture transcends football. We dared to dream.
Ireland were a force under Charlton. Charlton maintained Ireland would have won the World Cup in 1990 if he had Lineker. Charlton had been in situ for some time prior to USA 94. He led Ireland in Euro 88. Ireland 1 England 0.
One memorable thing about Big Jack was that despite some suggesting it was the England “B” team, England couldn’t beat them and whenever the Irish anthem was played, they always faced their flag, even when FIFA had instructed team to face dignatories instead (think it was WC 90).
I agree the State must be guarded about encroaching on the integrity of the family unit but where, for example, the parents aren’t taking enough interest (probably a minefield to try and determine that legal threshold) the State’s first duty must be the welfare of the children. Addressing parental failures follows where required but how and by whom is again, I’d imagine, a complex social and legal issue.
However I have rummaged around and observed various this and that’s.
There are quite a few “patriots” on Twitter. It seems to me that patriotism, which I see as a genuine love of one’s country, is oft confused on Twitter with a love of oneself and a misconceived attempt to justify madness.
One of Ireland’s true patriots (Pearse) had courage, wisdom, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Such was his nobility, that Blackadder (yes) who presided over his court martial remarked that if men like Pearse felt compelled to armed revolt (1916), there must be something terribly wrong with British rule in Ireland. Now I see self entitled nut jobs from a variety of spectra self label as “patriots”when considerably less flattering adjectives are more apt. From Ireland and elsewhere.