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11th Jul 2020

Legendary Ireland manager Jack Charlton has passed away at the age of 85

James Fenton

Legendary Ireland football manager Jack Charlton has passed away at the age of 85, his former club Leeds United have confirmed.

A statement, issued just before 9am, says: ‘Leeds United are deeply saddened to learn club legend Jack Charlton passed away last night at the age of 85 following a long-term illness.’

Jack Charlton won the World Cup as a player with England before taking the Ireland manager job in 1986. He went on to lead Ireland to three major tournaments, including a memorable run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Italy in 1990.

A statement from the Charlton family says: ‘Jack died peacefully on Friday 10 July 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.’

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