The soccer world has been paying tribute to Jack Charlton, England World Cup winner in 1966 and later director of Ireland’s national group, who has died at age 85.
The news of his passing was announced on Saturday by Leeds United, the team with whom he spent his entire acting career. Charlton’s family said that he died at home on Friday at Northumberland, northern England.
A strong, uncompromising central refuge, Jack Charlton played along with his brother Bobby at England’s victorious side which beat West Germany 4-2 after extra time at the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
He performed with a record quantity of 773 days for the club at a career that spanned 20 decades, by the early 1950s until his retirement in 1973.
Charlton subsequently went to management, where he was the most successful of England’s World Cup champions. In his first season, he chose Second Division Middlesbrough into a runaway league name and promotion into the airport, where the team established itself during his four-year tenure.
Further remarkable management spells followed by Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United before he had been hired by Ireland in 1986 as the nation’s first foreign coach.
Accountable for the federal side, Charlton took Ireland to three big tournaments, especially the World Cup in Italy in 1990 in which the group reached the quarter-finals though without winning a game in play.
Having an immediate, physical fashion, Charlton got the best from Ireland’s hard-working gamers. The nation also played at the finals at the 1988 European Championship, attaining a notable 1-0 triumph over England — and also in the 1994 World Cup in the United States where they attained their first success in a final, additionally 1-0 against pre-tournament favorites Italy.
Jack Charlton resigned in 1995 and has been granted honorary Irish citizenship a year after.