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Jack Charlton: the tribute paid by England, the Republic of Ireland and former clubs


The Irish Football Association says that former coach Jacques Charlton "changed Irish football forever".

The former Leeds and England defender, who was diagnosed with lymphoma, died Friday at the age of 85.

England said it had been "destroyed" with the death of a key member of the 1966 World Cup winning team.

Previous clubs Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough were also honored.

Charlton spent his career playing with Leeds between 1953 and 1973, before joining Middlesbrough later that year in his first managerial position.

In 1977, he took office on Wednesday and made a talisman with his boy club Newcastle before moving on to international administration with the Republic of Ireland in 1986.

"Charlton's contribution to the match and Leeds United will never be forgotten," said West Yorkshire.

"He will remain in folk football forever and his records at Leeds United are unlikely to be broken."

Newcastle United said: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former NUFC coach and England Cup winner Jack Charlton at the age of 85. RIP, Jack. A true legend in the game."

Sheffield and Middlesbrough said Wednesday they were "sad" to hear of Charlton's death.

One of the most famous figures in English football, he was part of the team that won the World Cup at Wembley in 1966, along with his brother Bobby.

Charlton achieved unprecedented success with the Republic of Ireland, which led them to their first grand finals at Euro 88 and the World Cup quarterfinals at Italy 90.

"The impact was huge," David O'Leary, a former international player for the Republic of Ireland, who directed a penalty kick against Romania in the quarterfinals in 1990, told BBC Radio 5 Live Charlton.

"It took the country from a very low level to something very special," O'Leary said. "It was great for Ireland and I think Ireland was great for Jack and they both complement each other in this great success."

"A lot of people who weren't a soccer fan had a lot of fun, especially during Italy 90, because every time we played, the whole country stopped to watch the game."

"Jack didn't let anything bother him. He had a direct way of playing and he wasn't a man interested in the opposition. It was about us playing the way he thought was best for us. He kept things simple."

"A sad day when Leeds loses another legend"

Ashington-born Charlton never played with his Newcastle boy's club, instead joining Leeds United when he was 15 and spending his entire career with the balls.

Charlton achieved 773 record games between 1953 and 1973, and won the English Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and two Exhibition Cups.

He is the third Leeds United legend who died this year, after the death of his teammates Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry.

The Leeds United Supporters Fund hopes that the club leading the tournament can seal the promotion to the Premier League as a proper estimate for the three men.

"Another very sad day for fans and the club as we lose another legend. RIP Big Jack," he said.

"If there was a highlight year for us, now is the time, so let's do it with Jack, Norman and Trevor."

Current Leeds United captain William Cooper said Charlton's death was "a very sad day."

"Summary of the word legend"

England scored Wayne Rooney's goal: "Sad news, legend. My condolences to Sir Bobby and the family."

Former England striker Gary Lineker: "It is sad to hear that Jack Charlton passed away. World Cup winner with England, director of the best Irish team in history and a fabulous ferry figure to take off."

Former Republic of Ireland defender Paul McGrath: "You are completely devastated. Father figure to me for 10 years, thank you for your faith in me. Sleep well Jack, I love you. Heartbroken."

Times football writer Henry Winter: "A sad, sad day. RIP Jack Charlton. The synopsis is a legend. The winner as a player gave it all to Leeds United and England. Inspiring manager and a wonderful company. Live a life. full and enriching many lives. Ideas with Jack's family and many friends. "

Former Leeds United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Johnny Giles on BBC Radio 5 Live: "When Don Rivi took over Leeds, Jack didn't have a great reputation for training and was ready to let him go, but he was really running. He was the best defender in the league Excellent English for five years. "

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Mark Lawrenceon on BBC Radio 5 On Air: "As a manager, I had a dose of realism. Johnny Giles gave me my first appearance in the Republic as a player / manager, but at some point, there was always a Coach Who will come and make these players a better team?

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