October 26, 2020
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Farewell Jack: Tributes pour in for former Republic of Ireland manager

Tributes are pouring in for former World Cup winner and Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton who passed last night aged 85.

The FAI paid tribute to the “manager who change Irish football forever”.

“The FAI is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jack Charlton, the manager who changed Irish football forever. Our thoughts are with Pat and the family at this sad time.

Meanwhile, one of the stalwarts of Jack’s Irish teams, Paul McGrath, Tweeted: “Absolutely gutted. Father figure to me for 10 years, thanks for having faith in me. Sleep well Jack, Love ya 💔.”

Meanwhile his former club Leeds United also tweeted: “#LUFC are deeply saddened to learn club legend Jack Charlton passed away last night.”

Former England striker and Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker said: “Saddened to hear that Jack Charlton has passed away. World Cup winner with England, manager of probably the best ever Ireland side and a wonderfully infectious personality to boot. RIP Jack.”

A family statement read: “Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85. He was at home in Northumberland, with his family by his side.

“As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.

“He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.

“His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories.”

The legendary Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has died at the age of 85.

The former Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Newcastle manager had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.

Big Jack, as he was known, became Ireland boss in 1986 and led the national side to their first major finals at Euro 88 and then the World Cup in Italy in 1990 and four years later in 1994.

Famously, in Ireland’s first game at Euro ’88, they beat England 1-0 before drawing with them again at Italia ’90.

Ireland got out of the group stage at both World Cups and reached the quarter-finals in 1990, where they were beaten 1-0 by Italy in Rome.

His final game as was the Euro 96 play-off defeat to the Netherlands, where Ireland lost 2-0 at Anfield in December 1995.

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