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Legendary former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has died at the age of 85

by Edaein OConnell
11th Jul 2020

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

He “put em under pressure” and brought so much joy to this small but powerful country.

Legendary Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has died at the age of 85. He had been diagnosed with lymphoma last year and was also suffering from dementia.

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.”


A member of the famous 1966 World Cup-winning English side, the Newcastle native played his entire club career with Leeds United.

For the Irish, he will be best known for managing the Republic of Ireland team from 1986 to 1996. During that time, he guided the team to their first major finals at Euro 88 and to their first World Cup in 1990 and again in 1994.

In the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Ireland reached the quarter-finals but lost 1-0 to the hosts. Following the 1994 World Cup, Charlton was awarded the Freedom of Dublin City for his achievements.

His last game in charge of Irish football was against the Netherlands in a play-off for the Euro 96 tournament. The Dutch won 2-0. He resigned from the job in 1996 and was awarded honorary Irish citizenship in the same year.

Outside of Ireland, he also enjoyed managerial stints in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

However, he will always be remembered as the man who changed Irish football forever and brought a country to its knees in the best way possible.

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