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Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton

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Jack Charlton celebrates with his assistant Maurice Setters

Jack Charlton celebrates with his assistant Maurice Setters

Argues with Billy Bingham

Argues with Billy Bingham

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Talks to Belfast Telegraph sports editor Jim Gracey at a function

Talks to Belfast Telegraph sports editor Jim Gracey at a function

Charlton waves to fans after his final match in 1995

Charlton waves to fans after his final match in 1995

Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton's incredible achievements as a player and manager have been well documented these past 48 hours. But the record books don't tell the story of the man behind those feats, from World Cup winner, Leeds United stalwart, club manager and ultimately Republic legend.

I thank this job for the privilege of watching him work, up close and personal, on the rollercoaster ride of his Ireland career, and especially the wonderful adventures of Italia 90 and USA 94.

Those two World Cups were stinkers from a football point of view. But from putting a smile on the face of a nation with Ireland's heroics at the 1988 Euros, Jack lit up the world with his unorthodox leadership style.