Former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton will undergo surgery today after breaking his hip in a fall at his home, according to reports.
The 76 year-old World Cup winner fell down stairs at his Northumberland home and had to crawl to the phone to call for help, his son John revealed.
“The stairs in his house are a bit tricky and awkward and he basically fell down them on Monday night. It could have been a lot worse because my mum was out of the house and he was on his own.
Luckily he managed to crawl to the phone and rang me. When I got round to the house he was sitting in his chair watching telly. Because of his age they want to operate on him, give him a new hip. We’ve all been worrying but he’s going to be fine.”
The former Leeds United player and Newcastle United manager has not worked in football since stepping down from the Ireland job in January 1996 after exactly ten years in charge and leading the Republic of Ireland to the Finals of three major international tournaments, the first European Championships and World Cup in the nation’s history.