JIM PLATT says Jack Charlton made his intentions very clear early on in his first days in charge of Middlesbrough.
The England World Cup winner was handed control on his 38th birthday after giving the club’s board a list of demands at his interview for the job.
Platt says Charlton set out his stall very early in his reign after they lost their first home game of the season to Fulham. It was only one of four defeats they would suffer in the whole campaign.
He remembers that Charlton hit the roof and it obviously worked as Boro next lost a game, when they were defeated 5-1 at Nottingham Forest, in early February.
“We won our first match at Portsmouth 1-0. Then, after the loss to Fulham, Jack did his nut.
“We’d never seen him in a bad temper before,” said Platt.
“Pre season had gone well. We had won all of our matches, but then we saw the other side of Jack.
“He said we would have a meeting on the Monday. Then, on the Monday, he apologised for losing his temper but lost his temper again and starting arguing.
“He told us we either did it his way or not at all.
“So, we did it his way and got promotion. We were very hard to beat and, after that Fulham game, went 23 games without defeat.
“We never dreamt it would finish up like that. We had the league won by Easter.”
Charlton pulled off a minor miracle in his first season when they raced to the title by a massive 15 points from Luton Town.
But Platt doubts that Charlton’s no-nonsense management style would go down well today.
“Jack took over a good team, under Stan Anderson,” he said. “We had been in the top four but he couldn’t get us promotion. But he bought in Bobby Murdoch from Celtic and he was the missing link.
“I don’t think Jack could manage nowadays because he wouldn’t put up with agents. And players earn fortunes.
“We went into Jack looking for a new contract, especially when he got promoted, looking for a £50 pay rise, which was a good rise.
“As soon as you got through the door, Jack would ask what you wanted. So, instead of asking for £50, you asked for £30 before coming out with £10 thinking you had done well.”
Brian Taylor: A central defender who settled in the Rochdale area, where he has worked on his former club’s Football in the Community scheme.
Eric McMordie: A midfielder who worked for a builder’s merchant before opening a couple of newsagents in Middlesbrough.
Harry Charlton: A midfielder who was not related to Jack. Returned to his native Gateshead and has worked as a hospital porter in Newcastle.
Malcolm Poskett: A striker who became a plater after being released by Jack Charlton. Settled in the Carlisle area, where he works as a car salesman.
Tony McAndrew: The defender has been youth team coach at Leicester City and Stoke City, but in 1999 returned to Aston Villa for a second time and is head of academy coaching.
Bill Gates: An England youth defender and the brother of Eric. He owned a chain of sports shops before selling up and retiring to the Cayman Islands.
Jim Cochrane: A left-back who qualified as a solicitor more than 30 years ago and is now running his own practice, Cochrane’s, in Stockton-on-Tees.
Peter Creamer: A defender who worked for TNT in Australia, before returning home to open a pub in Bishop Auckland. Then became a sales rep for a brewer.
Pat Cuff: A goalkeeper who went on to run a chain of betting shops on Teesside with his brother, before selling to Coral.