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Gerry Armstrong: With the passing of Jack Charlton, we've lost a genuine character

 

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Former England World Cup winner and Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton, who passed away on Saturday aged 85 (PA)

Former England World Cup winner and Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton, who passed away on Saturday aged 85 (PA)

Former England World Cup winner and Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton, who passed away on Saturday aged 85 (PA)

Football is worse off today after losing one of its all-time greats in Jack Charlton.

I have many fond memories of him. Jack was a football man - he had time for everyone.

When he managed at Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle, I was still playing. I didn't know him too well then, but when he took over as boss of the Republic of Ireland in 1986 our paths crossed many times.