Ordinary Joe

ISBN:9781844884094

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In the autumn of 2010, a little-known New Zealander called Joe Schmidt took over as head coach at Leinster. He had never been in charge of a professional team. After Leinster lost three of their first four games, a prominent Irish rugby pundit speculated that Schmidt had 'lost the dressing room'. Nine years on, Joe Schmidt has stepped down as Ireland coach having achieved success on a scale never before seen in Irish rugby. Two Heineken Cups in three seasons with Leinster. Three Six Nations championships in six seasons with Ireland, including the Grand Slam in 2018. Along the way, Schmidt became a byword for precision and focus in coaching, remarkable attention to detail and the highest of standards. But who is Joe Schmidt? In 'Ordinary Joe', Schmidt tells the story of his life and influences: the experiences and management ideas that made him the coach, and the man, that he is today.

Format
Hardback
Categories
Christmas Bestsellers
Published
21/11/2019
ISBN
9781844884094
Publisher
PENGUIN IRELAND
Weight
592kg

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Rugby obsessives and amateur coaches will revel in the insight that Schmidt offers into his training methods, tactics and preparation ... Full of insight, emotion and considered analysis Irish Daily Mail An insight into the fascinating personality of the man who has been the single most influential figure in Irish rugby over the last decade Irish Times He is clearly more than an ordinary coach, the winning of two Heinekens, beating New Zealand twice, the 2018 Grand Slam and reaching no.1 in the World Rankings are positive brushstrokes, marking Irish rugby for ever ... A rocky read about exceptional deeds, told in extraordinary fashion Irish Daily Star Undoubtedly the greatest coach in Irish rugby history Daily Telegraph

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