Tributes are being paid to soccer legend and former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton who has died at the age of 85.
Mr Charlton had been diagnosed with lymphoma last year and was suffering with dementia.
Beyond sad to have to say goodbye to my beloved Grandad, Jack Charlton. He enriched so many lives through football, friendship and family. He was a kind, funny and thoroughly genuine man and our family will miss him enormously. pic.twitter.com/MR4i5WgAMP
— Emma Wilkinson (@emmawilkitv) July 11, 2020
The FAI said they were “deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jack Charlton, the manager who changed Irish football forever. Our thoughts are with Pat and the family at this sad time.”
Mr Charlton brought the Irish soccer team to two World Cups and a European Championship, considered a breakthrough for the sport at the time.
Soccer star, Paul McGrath, who played on many of Charlton’s national teams paid tribute to him as did many others.
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