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A man more sensitive than ruthless - there was more to Jack Charlton than you think

Paul Kimmage


From his work ethic to the softer side he preferred to reserve for those closest to him, there was more to Jack Charlton than you think

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Jack Charlton. Photo: Sportsfile

Jack Charlton. Photo: Sportsfile

SPORTSFILE

Jack Charlton. Photo: Sportsfile

The thing that stood out most about his home that morning near the quaint Northumberland village of Dalton was the mayhem. The noise. His daughter, Deborah, had travelled up from Leeds the day before with the kids for the midterm and all hell was being unleashed on the kitchen

Emma (8), had pulled a fishing rod from a cupboard and was practising double blood knots on the nylon line. Christopher (6) - already the star of a Shredded Wheat Bitesize TV ad - was reciting lines from a play he wanted to perform. Katie (4) had picked up a nosebleed and was bawling as the crimson drops splashed onto her bacon. And Tom (2) was waddling across the floor and looking for anything and everything to throw.

And then there was Jack. He had taken a call from a journalist in the hall and was bellowing into the phone: "MICK WAS A GRRREET CENTUH BACK! See, I don't believe centre backs should play and knock balls around, and control balls under stress and things like this.