Mrs Roman picked it up for me today in town - Dublin; the Chaos Years. I sat down an hour ago to flick through it, and couldn’t put it down. 80 pages in and it’s a rollicking bitch-fest, full of delicious gossip and tales of training ground punch-ups, players feuds, managerial clashes… the lot! It’s FANTASTIC.
I’ve just got to the point where Carr was fired - the book does a great job of the Carr-era. For every player that speaks favourably of him, there’s another willing to settle perceived slights. Step forward Mr Keith Barr who certainly tells things as he saw it.
Lots of interesting anecdotes in almost every paragraph - for example, Ray Cosgrove actually blames Jim Gavin for getting him subbed after just 15 minutes in the 1999 Leinster Final - as well as Carr, whom he couldn’t look in the eye after the treatment he’d received.
It’s written, appropriately enough, by an Irish Sun journalist - Usually a bad thing, but this time actually adds to the energetic spill-all vibe that the book contains.
As I’ve said, I’m only 80 pages into it, but already I’d highly recommend it.
Amongst the major contributors, thus far, are Barr, Carr, Heary and Mick O’Keefe. I’m dying to get back to it!