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'Father Figure' - Tributes Paid After Death Of Ex-Ireland Manager Jack Charlton

'Father Figure' - Tributes Paid After Death Of Ex-Ireland Manager Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton died on Friday night at the age of 85 following a battle with a long-term illness.

He was a man beloved on both sides of the Irish sea as a World Cup winner with England, a Leeds United icon, and the manager who took the Boys in Green to places they'd never been before.

Tributes have been paid to the great man by players, clubs and members of the media.

"He gave me so much instruction about things that centre-halves hated that he wanted me to do for the Republic of Ireland," Tony Cascarino told Talksport.

"He was very clever on small details. He would never get caught up in [giving you] too much information. He would just give you two or three instructions: [what we do] when we haven't got the ball, what do when we have got the ball."

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President of Ireland Michael D Higgins said:

"As President of Ireland, may I express my sympathies at the passing of Jack Charlton.

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"The news of the death of Jack Charlton will have been received with great sadness by those of us who took him to our hearts as he brought Ireland to some of our most celebrated moments in Irish sporting history.

"He leaves a legacy of outstanding leadership of a group of players of many diverse talents, which he moulded into the successful team that captured the imagination of the nation. It was not just the success on the field of play, Jack’s endearing popularity also had much to do with the warmth and personality of the person who quickly became such a legendary sporting icon.

"From a family that loved soccer, he had many connections with Ireland, which he chose for one of his quietest recreations -fishing.

"Sabina and I send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and his legions of Irish fans."

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A beautiful video tribute from Leeds United gives a real sense of what Jack was like as a player.

Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

In Photos: Jack Charlton's Ireland Years

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