Capturing Irish hearts and falling asleep in the Vatican
“Iftheteamperformshonestly,deepdownthenthe Irish people are happy. I like that. They are are realistic and so am I. We like one another. We don’t foolourselvesoreachother.”
“I said to him ‘thanks very much, David. You’ve had to sit around for a while, but it was worth it.’”
– On O’Leary coming out of exile to send Ireland in to the World Cup quarter-finals
“1966atWembleywasalandmarkinmycareer,butI thinkthisexperienceisevenbetter.ToleadIrelandto the quarter-finals of the World Cup gives me a deep senseofsatisfactionandIamdelightedforthe players,thesupportersandthepeopleofIreland.”
– On how much that shootout victory over Romaniain1990meanttohim.
“The Pope was giving the third bit of his blessing and he was looking right at me and he had his hand in the air. As I woke up, I thought he was waving at me, so I stood up and waved back.”
– On his eventful trip to the Vatican
“I wasn’t very good at playing football.ButIwasverygoodat stopping other people playing football.”
“I just cried . . . I’d been there for 10 years, it was time for me to leave.” –OnleavingtheIrishjob
“Absolutely gutted. Father figure to me for 10 years, thanks for having faith in me. Sleep well Jack, Loveya.ThinkingofPat,JohnandPeteratthissad time.”
“Whatafootball man,lovedand adored,especially in Ireland. The best managerIwas luckytoplayfor.The times we had on and offthepitchwere priceless.Mythoughtsarewith Pat and the family. RIP my good friend. Never forgotten.”
“Jack Charlton led the band. He brought us, as a playersandfans,toplacesweneverthought possible beforehand and gave us so manypreciousmoments.He changedlives.Forhis players,hegaveus thebestdaysofour lives.”
– Niall Quinn
“Ilovedthe bones of the man. He changedmylife,he changedeverythingforallofus whoplayedforIrelandandjustlookatthe memorieswehave.WewillalwayshaveStuttgart and Genoa and Giants Stadium thanks to Jack.
That’showwewillrememberhim,withagreat bigsmileonhisface.Iknowthisisasadday,butwe will remember the great days as well.”
– Mick McCarthy.
“Can’tspeak...heart’sjustbroke. LoveyouJack.” –JasonMcAteer
“ThankyouJack,youchanged Irish football for the better, you gave hopetoyoungkidslikemyselfthatit was possible to play in World Cups and thatweweren’ttheretomakethenumbers up.Youwillliveforeverinourhearts.We’reall partofJackie’sarmy. SleepwellJack.”