Former Republic of Ireland boss Jack Charlton has died aged 85 3 weeks ago

Former Republic of Ireland boss Jack Charlton has died aged 85

Very sad news.

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

He passed away peacefully at his Northumberland home in England on Friday, his family said.

Known as Big Jack, he managed Ireland to two World Cup tournaments and European Championships.

The three tournaments, burned into Irish people's memories, were Euro '88, Italia '90 and USA '94.

Ireland would reach the knock-out stages in both World Cups, and reached the quarter-finals in Italia '90 before being beaten in a very tight game against the hosts.

His last game over the Ireland team was the Euro '96 play-off defeat to the Netherlands.

Charlton also collected a World Cup winners' medal alongside his younger and more celebrated brother Bobby as England triumphed in 1966.

Charlton was also a key member of the Leeds side which were successful in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

"Jack died peacefully on Friday, July 10 at the age of 85," a family statement read.

"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."