Ordinary Joe (Paperback)
  • Ordinary Joe (Paperback)
zoom

Ordinary Joe (Paperback)

(author)
£9.99
Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 10/09/2020
  • In stock

UK delivery within 5 days

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

'He's a great coach. He lives and breathes the game. There's nothing he doesn't know' Brian O'Driscoll

'The best coach Irish rugby - arguably Irish sport - has ever had' Malachy Clerkin, Irish Times


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. And a host of firsts: the first Irish victory in South Africa; the first Irish defeat of the All Blacks, and then a second; and Ireland's first number 1 world ranking.

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. And his diaries of the 2018 Grand Slam and the 2019 Rugby World Cup provide a brilliantly intimate insight into the stresses and joys of coaching a national team in victory and defeat.

From the small towns in New Zealand's North Island where he played barefoot rugby and jostled around the dinner table with seven siblings, to the training grounds and video rooms where he consistently kept his teams a step ahead of the opposition, Ordinary Joe reveals an ordinary man who has helped his teams to achieve extraordinary things.


'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

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241981092
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 *

You may also be interested in...

Everything I Know About Love
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Escape Artist
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
The Comfort Book
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
House Arrest
Added to basket
£6.99
Hardback
The Madness of Grief
Added to basket
Windswept & Interesting
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Storyteller
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Gloves Off
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
Landlines
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Revenge
Added to basket
£22.00   £18.99
Hardback
Ukraine Diaries
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
In Wartime
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Free
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Conversations on Love
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
A Woman of No Importance
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.