Walter Smith

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Date of Birth February 24, 1948
Place of Birth Scotland
Age 73 years old
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Walter Ferguson Smith is a Scottish former football player, manager and director. He is primarily associated with his two spells as manager of Scottish club Rangers. A defender, Smith's playing career consisted of two spells with Dundee United, split by a short time at Dumbarton. A pelvic injury meant he moved into coaching at Dundee United, working for manager Jim McLean, while he also took charge of the Scotland under-18 and under-21 teams. Smith was assistant to Scotland manager Alex Ferguson at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, after it had been announced that he would be moving to Rangers as assistant to Graeme Souness. Smith became the manager of Rangers in 1991, succeeding Souness. He won 13 major trophies in seven years, including seven league titles in succession. After leaving Rangers at the end of the 1997–98 season, he was appointed manager of English Premier League club Everton. He was in charge at Goodison Park for four seasons before he was sacked in 2002.

About Walter Smith

Manager of the Glasgow Rangers and the Scotland national team.

Before Fame

He played for Dundee United until an injury at 29 forced him to retire from playing and join the management team.

Achievement

He found success both with Scotland, taking the team up 70 spots in the world rankings, and the Rangers, where he was the second winningest coach.

Family Life

He grew up at the East End of Glasgow, watching the Rangers from his earliest days.

Associations

He was briefly the assistant coach under Alex Ferguson with Manchester United.

Information related to Walter Smith

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  • Rangers F.C. managers
  • Scotland national football team managers
  • Everton F.C. managers
  • Drumchapel Amateur F.C. players
  • Dundee United F.C. non-playing staff
  • Ashfield F.C. players
  • Manchester United F.C. non-playing staff
  • Scottish Premier League managers
  • Rangers F.C. non-playing staff
  • United Soccer Association players
  • Dallas Tornado players
  • Scottish Football Hall of Fame inductees
  • Premier League managers
  • Scottish Football League managers
  • Dundee United F.C. players
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