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WALTER SMITH: Former Everton boss has died at the age of 73

WALTER SMITH: Former Everton boss has died at the age of 73

PA Lynne Cameron

Former Scotland, Rangers and Everton manager Walter Smith has died aged 73.

Smith led Rangers to 10 top-flight titles, five Scottish Cups and six League Cups as well as to the UEFA Cup final in 2008.

Rangers said: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our former manager, chairman and club legend, Walter Smith.”

Rangers chairman Douglas Park added on the club’s website: “On behalf of the Rangers board of directors, staff and players, I convey my deep condolences to the Smith family.

“Walter leaves behind a wife, children and grandchildren, all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

“It is almost impossible to encapsulate what Walter meant to every one of us at Rangers.

“He embodied everything that a Ranger should be. His character and leadership was second to none, and will live long in the memory of everyone he worked with during his two terms as first-team manager.”

He managed Everton between 1998 and 2002 after his initial spell at Rangers where he went from assistant manager under Graeme Souness to manager when the former Liverpool midfielder returned to his old club as manager.

Smith replaced the popular Howard Kendall at Goodison Park after the Blues had avoided relegation on goal difference the year prior.

The Blues finished in the bottom half of the table in three consecutive seasons under the Scotsman, who had been tempted to quit following the sale of Duncan Ferguson behind his back.

Eventually, he left Everton following a defeat to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup and would return to football two years later as assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United.

Before his return to Rangers, Scotland appointed Walter Smith as manager of the national team and they narrowly missed qualification for the 2006 World Cup.

A return to management of the national team was muted in 2018 but after discussions, he withdrew his name from consideration for the job.

Walter Smith: 1948-2021

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