The nation is in mourning today after it was announced that former Ireland manager Jack Charlton has died at the age of 85.
Tributes have been pouring in for the legendary manager from fans and players alike and Robbie Keane has summed up what Jack Charlton did for a generation of Irish children.
Although the pair never crossed paths in the international set-up, Robbie grew up idolising 'Jackie's Army', much like every other child in the country. Most of us didn't go on to play in a World Cup like Keane did but his words this morning sum up how all those wonderful moments that Jack created allowed the youngsters of the 80s and 90s to dream.
Alongside a photo of himself and Jack, the Dubliner posted: 'Thank you Jack. You changed Irish football for the better, you gave hope to young kids like myself that it was possible to play in World Cups and that we weren’t there to make the numbers up. You will live forever in our hearts, we’re all part of Jackie’s Army. Sleep well, Jack.'
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Thank you Jack 💚 you changed Irish football for the better you gave hope to young kids like myself that it was possible to play in world cups and that we weren’t there to make the numbers up 💪🇮🇪 you will live forever in our 💚 we’re all part of jackie’s army. Sleep well jack 🙏
The news that Jack Charlton has passed away was confirmed this morning, leading to an outpouring of tributes from Ireland and beyond. Other former Ireland players have been sharing their memories of their manager...
Absolutely gutted 😢
Father figure to me for 10 years, thanks for having faith in me. Sleep well Jack, Love ya 💔
Thinking of Pat, John and Peter at this sad time 💚 🇮🇪 ☘️ #thanksforthememories pic.twitter.com/qstCVbCK4C
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) July 11, 2020
Absolutely gutted that BIG JACK has passed away!What a football man,,Loved and adored,specially in Ireland.The best manager I was lucky to play for.The times we had on and off the pitch was priceless !my thoughts are with pat and the family!RIP my good friend Never Forgotten !!
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) July 11, 2020
Can’t speak...... hearts just broke. 💔 love you Jack.
— Jason Mcateer (@MCATEER4) July 11, 2020
Their words speak volumes about the man that Ireland has lost.