Who is Walter Smith? Wiki, Biography, Age, Former Rangers, Dies, Tributes

Walter Smith

Walter Smith Wiki – Walter Smith Biography

Rangers have announced the death of their celebrated former manager Walter Smith. He also took charge of Everton and Scotland, won 21 trophies during two spells in charge at Ibrox. That makes him the second most successful Rangers manager, behind Bill Struth.

Age

He was 73 years old.

Walter Smith Dies

Smith dies aged 73; Smith enjoyed great success in two spells at Rangers and managed Scotland and Everton.

His death comes in the same year Rangers won their first Scottish Premiership title since Smith’s final season in charge in 2011.

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

Career

Smith was appointed by Rangers in April 1991 after Graeme Souness, to whom he had been assistant, left for Liverpool. Smith proceeded to deliver seven of Rangers’ record-equalling nine titles in a row. At the time, Rangers were among the most prominent clubs in Europe. Smith kickstarted the career of Paul Gascoigne after the midfielder’s spell at Lazio.

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Smith left Ibrox in 1998, spending four years at Everton. He rejuvenated the Scotland national team from 2004 before being coaxed back to Ibrox three years later. Smith led Rangers to the 2008 Uefa Cup final amid the claiming of eight domestic honors before retiring from management in 2011.

Tributes

Douglas Park, the Rangers chairman, said: “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 were second to none and will live long in the memory of everyone he worked with during his two terms as first-team manager.

“I spoke with Walter as recently as last weekend. Even when he was battling illness, he was still able to provide advice and support. For that, I am personally grateful. I know that he continued also to maintain dialogue with senior members of staff, including our manager, Steven Gerrard. Walter will be sorely missed by all of us at Rangers.”

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