Social media is absolutely awash with tributes this afternoon, after the saddening news of the legendary Jack Charlton’s passing was confirmed.
Englishman Charlton is widely-regarded as one of the Three Lions’ most iconic-ever football figures.
The central-defender was part of the country’s only World Cup winning squad in 1966, with Charlton having racked up 6 goals across a total of 35 international caps.
The Northumberland native also holds legend status amongst fans of Leeds United, with Charlton having lined out for the Whites for 21 years from 1952 to 1973.
After calling time on his playing career, the stopper unsurprisingly made the move into management, having long been heralded for his understanding of the game’s finest details.
Charlton went on to sit in the dugout of all of Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United, though it was his exploits whilst in charge of the Republic of Ireland that will no doubt live longest in the memory.
The tactician oversaw what most agree stands as the finest Irish side in history, with the Boys in Green having made it all the way to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup under Charlton’s guidance.
As such, having left such a profound mark on the game’s history, it has come as little surprise to see an outpouring of emotional tributes online, on the back of the news of Charlton’s death.
The Leeds hero passed away at the age of 85 last night following a long-term illness, with just a small sample of the social media reaction showcased below:
Saddened to hear that Jack Charlton has passed away. World Cup winner with England, manager of probably the best ever Ireland side and a wonderfully infectious personality to boot. RIP Jack.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 11, 2020
Very sad to hear the news about 1966 World Cup winner Jack Charlton. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/GSexBEuSYd
— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 11, 2020
Really saddened to hear the passing of the great Jack Charlton , absolute hero in Ireland growing up. Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends. “We re all part of Jackies army “ #ripjackcharlton 🇮🇪🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/qSgX6eAjfA
— Shay Given (@No1shaygiven) July 11, 2020
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 11, 2020
OGS on Jack Charlton: “Very sad news. Legend and a gentleman. Watched Norway v Ireland in 1994. Always so passionate. Sad news.”
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) July 11, 2020
RIP Jack Charlton 🙏🏻
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) July 11, 2020
Absolutely gutted 😢
Father figure to me for 10 years, thanks for having faith in me. Sleep well Jack, Love ya 💔
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) July 11, 2020
A World Cup winner and giant of the game.
Rest in peace, Jack Charlton.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 11, 2020
All of us at Chelsea send our condolences to the family and friends of Jack Charlton, following today’s sad news. A true legend of the game and a great rival of ours. Here he is pictured at Stamford Bridge on England duty with his brother Bobby, in 1965. pic.twitter.com/xEzzsvFx7N
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 11, 2020
We are extremely saddened by the passing of Jack Charlton, brother of Sir Bobby and member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team.
Our deepest condolences go to all the Charlton family for their immensely sad loss. pic.twitter.com/rkVjsYDVSF
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 11, 2020
All at Aston Villa are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jack Charlton.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/0aF1GxATX9
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 11, 2020
Rest in peace, Jack. #FCBayern‘s thoughts and prayers are with Jack’s family and friends, as well as with our good friend Bobby Charlton. The footballing world has lost a great character.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 11, 2020
A legend of the game.
Rest in peace, Jack.
— England (@England) July 11, 2020
The FAI is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jack Charlton, the manager who changed Irish football forever.
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) July 11, 2020
This article was edited by Josh Barker.