Former Ireland manager Jack Charlton passes away aged 85

Sat, Jul 11 2020

Jack Charlton is a guest of honour at the Aviva Stadium during a Republic of Ireland international game in 2015. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick (ETPhotos)

Former Ireland manager Jack Charlton has passed away at the age of 85, his family have announced.

Charlton is considered a legend from his time managing the Irish national team as he guided the Boys in Green to Euro 88, Italia 90 and World Cup 84 in the USA.

The legend was diagnosed with lymphoma last year and was also battling dementia in recent times with his family saying he passed away peacefully at his home in Northumberland on Friday.

During his playing career Big Jack lined out 773 times for Leeds United, making his a rare one club man during a career which spanned 21 years.

After he hung up his boots in 1973, he took his talents to the dugout and would go on to manage Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Newcastle before hoping across the pond to manage the Irish National Team.

The World Cup winner is also the brother of Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton, whom Jack lined up alongside during the World Cup Final in his home country England.

A family statement released this morning 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.”