Enjoyed Jayo’s book.
For a while I thought he would carry on the unsavoury tradition of past Dublin players using their autobiography to do a hatchet job on a former manager - O’Leary’s destruction of Mickey Whelan and Dessie’s incineration of Lyons.
It seemed as if this was the direction Jayo was going to take when he starts dealing with Gilroy. But it’s thoughtfully done - and while he makes it clear that he wasn’t and isn’t happy with the way he was treated, he certainly makes a concerted effort to see things from Gilroy’s POV - and for that, one can only admire Jayo. It must have been extremely tempting to use this soapbox as a weapon to even the score - and believe me, Jayo has scores to settle with Gilroy - but he doesn’t - and it’s very interestingly done.
Another thing I liked about this book, is that it’s adequately written - which is rare for a sport’s autobiography.
I’ve speed read a lot of the Gooches book, and the crass use of unnecessary and repetitious “cussing” - particularly the “F” word is just embarrassing. Cooper comes across like your vulgar drunk friend at a dinner party. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be the “thought police” - crude/aggressive cursing is useful and powerful when used properly - but when it’s used wily-nily, then you just wish the speaker/writer would expand their vocabulary.
Anyway - Jayo’s is a thumbs up from me! Over all it’s the second best Dublin book I’ve read - way ahead of Dessie’s and O’Leary’s, The best is still Leonard’s superb Dub Sub Confidential.