Finding Jack Charlton

There’s a moment in this film that really hit me. Without giving too much away, it involved Jack Charlton (Obviously!), a laptop and Paul McGrath.

This film is more focused on Charlton’s managerial experiences with Ireland than his playing days in/with England. It provides an insight into the tumultuous domestic backdrop of Charlton’s time taking Ireland’s national team to their highest ever heights. Ex-players Andy Townsend, Packie Bonner and the aforementioned McGrath, all contribute, as do Charlton’s nearest and dearest. David O’Leary’s contribution is, like McGrath’s but in a different way… compellingly honest.

It’s not just about football though. The film paints a sad portrait of Charlton’s relationship with his brother Bobby as well as quite clearly depicting his demise with dementia.

If you have any interest in Jack Charlton and/or followed the Ireland team during their 90’s peak, then it’ll be a right of passage to watch this excellent film.

Published by Planet Paul

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