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The man behind the manager - a true leader with a soft human touch

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Jack Charlton. Photo: Sportsfile

Jack Charlton. Photo: Sportsfile

Jack Charlton. Photo: Sportsfile

Jack Charlton's incredible achievements as a player and manager have been well documented these past 48 hours. But the record books don't tell the story of the man behind those feats, from World Cup winner, Leeds United stalwart, club manager and ultimately Republic of Ireland legend.

I thank this job for the privilege of watching him work, up close and personal, on the roller-coaster ride of his Ireland career, and especially the wonderful adventures of Italia '90 and USA '94.

Those two World Cups were stinkers from a football point of view but by putting a smile on the face of a nation with Ireland's heroics at Euro '88, Jack lit up the world with his unorthodox leadership style.