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Charlton could have led Middlesborough to more glory if he had stayed at the club, believes Jim Platt

 

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Tributes have been paid in Ireland to former national football team manager Jack Charlton (PA)

Tributes have been paid in Ireland to former national football team manager Jack Charlton (PA)

Tributes have been paid in Ireland to former national football team manager Jack Charlton (PA)

Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jim Platt is certain Jack Charlton could have led his first club Middlesbrough to even greater success had he stayed longer.

In a glowing tribute to his former boss, who has died at the age of 85, Platt revealed that an early-season dressing down was the catalyst for Boro to storm to the Second Division title as Charlton restored them to the top flight for the first time in 20 years.

Charlton will always be remembered most for his time in charge of the Republic of Ireland when he led them to a major Finals for the first time in qualifying for the 1988 European Championships before reaching back-to-back World Cups in 1990 and 1994.