Jack Charlton reveals he was sacked as Ireland manager at the end of his reign

The legendary manager had previously stated that he took the decision to leave the set up

Jack Charlton, Ireland, FAI,

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Speaking to The Sunday Independent, Charlton claimed that it wasn't in fact his decision to leave the Ireland set-up, despite what he had previously claimed.

The former Ireland manager stated that there had been a meeting arranged back in 1996 in which he and the FAI would discuss the future, but that things didn't go to plan.

"I didn't retire, I got sacked, really," said Charlton. "I went to a meeting and was told that they didn't want me anymore. I thought they might give me more time to make up my mind. 'I just went to a meeting as a manger and came out of it and I wasn't the manager.

''They voted me out and I wasn't happy about that. I thought it was all a bit tough, when you think about what we'd achieved".

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Charlton also revealed that he didn't think he would get the job in the first place, given that former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley was also in the running.

"Someone (from the FAI) contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in the job. A few months previously I'd stepped down as boss at Newcastle United. A faction in the crowd at St James's Park started shouting 'Charlton out, Charlton out' and I wasn't having it. I met briefly with some of the FAI lads here in a hotel. I went on holidays to Spain and forgot about it".

Speaking about his adopted home nation in the full interview, Charlton revealed the special place he has in his heart for Ireland, and how he found it "overwhelming" to return to the Aviva stadium in 2015 to a hero's welcome from the crowd in attendance.

It was a beautiful day at Aviva Stadium yesterday but the warmest glow came with the introduction of the legendary Jack Charlton to the fans!Irish football will forever be grateful to Big Jack and it was an honour to have him back for the England game along with his wife Pat.Here is the moment when our most loved manager Jack was introduced to the crowd:

Posted by Football Association of Ireland on Monday, 8 June 2015