Former Northern Ireland international Iam McFaul has revealed the great friendship that he enjoyed with Jack Charlton, which began many years before he succeeded the England World Cup winner as manager of Newcastle United.
McFaul's association with Charlton goes back almost half a century, when the pair first became pals in the unlikely setting of Vancouver in Canada.
Over a decade later when Arthur Cox left St James' Park after guiding Newcastle to promotion, the Geordies turned to one of their own and appointed Charlton as boss. One of the first things he did was ensure McFaul, who played over 300 games during a nine-year spell with the club, was retained on the staff.
"Myself and my wife Eileen had a good relationship with Jack and his wife Pat. We knew each other for years, long before I was his assistant at Newcastle and then got the job after he left," said McFaul.
"We met years ago in Canada in the early 1970s and were friends ever since. The last time I saw him was at Newcastle United's 125th anniversary celebrations, which wasn't that long ago. He was a great guy. He had his own ideas and didn't suffer fools gladly. He was good to know and good company."
Charlton stunned Newcastle when he walked out after just one season, quitting after a pre-season friendly, with the club turning to McFaul - but only after he had tried to persuade his friend to stay.
"It was a surprise to me because I was sitting beside him when it happened," he said.
"I tried to talk him out of it, but he was adamant that he was on his way. He was known for his direct style and that was true to a certain extent. That didn't go down well with the Newcastle fans. We'd just been promoted under Arthur Cox with Kevin Keegan in the team."
Charlton was also known for his life outside of football, with fishing being his favourite pastime to get away from the managerial pressures he faced.
"He was a different man away from football. You either took to him or didn't. I thought he was a brilliant guy. He had his own ideas, but he had something else about him. He had a bit of charisma too," added McFaul.