Family of Jack Charlton thank Ireland fans for their support following his death
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Family of Jack Charlton thank Ireland fans for their support following his death

THE FAMILY of the late, great Jack Charlton have extended their thanks to the people of Ireland for their support in the wake of the legendary manager's passing earlier this month.

Charlton lead Ireland to three major international tournaments and became one of the nation's favourite sons during his stint in charge.

He was diagnosed with lymphoma last year and was also battling dementia before he passed away on July 10.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the Emerald Isle ever since, and Jack's son John thanked Ireland fans for their kind words and blessings.

"On behalf of my mother Pat and all the Charlton family, I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has offered so much support and sympathy to us at this very difficult time. It is very much appreciated," he said.

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Charlton's funeral is due to take place today in his native Northumberland at 12.30pm.

The FAI tweeted messages of support to the Charlton family, encouraging people to wear green during the funeral in Jack's honour.

"We can't be there with Jack's family family on Tuesday but I will be wearing green to remember the great man," said former Ireland boss Mick McCarthy.

"Jack did so much for Ireland. He brought so much joy and success to our country and I know Jack's Army will say goodbye in the style he deserves."

The FAI have also asked all radio stations to play 'Put 'Em Under Pressure' at 12.30pm, to coincide with the funeral service - something the Irish Post will be taking part in as well.

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