THE news broke today that former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has passed away at the age of 85.
The Newcastle native died in his Northumberland home surrounded by his family.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin has expressed his sadness following the death of former Ireland football manager Jack Charlton.
“It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Jack Charlton, one of the great characters of the football world. He was an iconic figure on and off the pitch, in England and Ireland.
“He came to personify a golden era in Irish football at a European and World level from the late 1980’s onwards.
“The Italia ‘90 campaign was more than just a football tournament for us all, it was a time of unbridled joy and celebration throughout the nation.
“The great moments of that campaign are embedded in a generation’s memory. It was truly a magical time.
“We thank Jack for his honest, workmanlike and no-nonsense contribution to football and to Irish life.
“I wish to extend my sympathies to his family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.” he said.
Former Republic of Ireland players took to social media to remember the legend that was responsible for Italia 90 and the success of the Irish soccer team during that time.
Absolutely gutted 😢
Father figure to me for 10 years, thanks for having faith in me. Sleep well Jack, Love ya 💔
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) July 11, 2020
Absolutely gutted that BIG JACK has passed away!What a football man,,Loved and adored,specially in Ireland.The best manager I was lucky to play for.The times we had on and off the pitch was priceless !my thoughts are with pat and the family!RIP my good friend Never Forgotten !!
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) July 11, 2020