11 Jul 2020


The LMA is deeply saddened by the passing of Jack Charlton OBE, one of English football’s most cherished icons.

Charlton enjoyed a 23-year management career, taking charge of Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle before a decade-long spell as national team manager of Republic of Ireland, leading the country to three major tournaments.

As a player, he was part of Sir Alf Ramsey’s World Cup winning team, starting as centre-half in the 1966 final at Wembley. He spent his entire club career at Leeds United, making over 750 appearances in all competitions.

Paying tribute to Charlton, LMA Chairman and former Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson said: “Jack was an exceptional football man. He was world class, one of the best defenders of his generation, and he used his football intelligence to great effect in management.  

“He was a gentleman who remained true to his principles on and off the pitch. Speaking personally, Jack was down-to-earth and a loyal friend with a tremendous sense of humour.

“He will be sorely missed by his football family and the thoughts of all at the LMA are with his wife Pat and the Charlton family.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “Jack’s stature in the English game is befitting of a man who achieved so much on the pitch and from the dugout.

“As a former LMA Manager of Year winner, he will forever be remembered by his peers as a role model and example of success and humility for others to aspire to.”

Charlton won LMA Manager of the Year in 1974 following Middlesbrough’s promotion to the First Division. It was the first time a manager outside the top-flight was recognised by his fellow managers to win the award.