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Jack Charlton's family thank the Green Army for their support

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

16:30 20 Jul 2020

The family of Jack Charlton have thanked Ireland fans for their support following the death of the legendary Republic of Ireland manager.

The funeral of Charlton will take place in Newcastle on Tuesday (21 July) and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) are asking people to take part in a nationwide celebration on the day.

Almost 20,000 fans have signed the virtual Book of Condolences at FAI.ie and the Association says it is "in talks with the Charlton family about a fitting memorial" to their loved one after COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted.

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

The FAI are asking fans to wear green on Tuesday as the ceremony takes place in the north-east of England while Irish radio stations are being asked to play ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure’ at 12.30pm to coincide with the service.

"The support from the supporters and the nation has been incredible as we bid to give Jack a fitting send-off," said former Ireland striker and FAI Interim Deputy CEO Niall Quinn.

"Jack did so much for all of us, players and fans alike, and ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure’ is an appropriate way to say goodbye on Tuesday when we can all wear our green shirts with pride as well as sadness.

"We will honour Jack’s memory in the future when the COVID-19 restrictions have eased but I know the Ireland fans will give him the send-off he deserves tomorrow."

Quinn's former captain and Charlton's successor as manager of the senior international team, Mick McCarthy, will be joining in with the tribute to his former boss.

"We can’t be there with Jack’s family on Tuesday but I will be wearing green to remember the great man," said 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 celebration of Charlton's life is also backed by supporters' groups, You Boys In Green, the Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs and the Irish Supporters Network.

YBIG member Tony Considine said: "It will be fantastic for the nation hold its breath to the soundtrack of Jack’s voice one final time. It feels fitting to send a legend off with the wearing of the green."

CRISC member Declan Finnegan added: "This is a great opportunity for fans at home and abroad to come together and pay our due respects.

"The memories and the pride instilled in those of us who were soldiers in Jackie’s Army will never be forgotten. Let’s make this the richly deserved tribute that the great man earned and deserves."

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