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Walter Smith Biography, Wiki, Cause Of Death, Wife, Daughter, Net worth and More

Who was Walter Smith?

Walter Smith aka Walter Ferguson Smith OBE (24 February 1948 – 26 October 2021) was a Scottish football player, manager, and director, primarily associated with his two spells as manager of Glasgow 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 caused his retirement from playing and Smith moved into coaching at Dundee United, working for manager Jim McLean. 

Walter Smith Death, Cause Of Death

Walter Smith, who managed Scotland, Rangers and Everton, has died at the age of 73.

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

He remains the club’s second most successful manager after Bill Struth.

Smith had four years in charge of Everton and two with Scotland before being enticed back to the Glasgow club.

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.

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Walter Smith Biography, Wiki

Smith was born in Lanark, but grew up in the Carmyle district in the East End of Glasgow, and was a boyhood fan of Rangers. He was employed by the South of Scotland Electricity Board before launching his football career in the 1960s with Junior League team Ashfield.

Full nameWalter Ferguson Smith
Date of birth24 February 1948
Place of birthLanark, Scotland
Date of death26 October 2021 (aged 73)
Position(s)Defender

Smith also took charge of the Scotland under-18 and under-21 teams, and assisted 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.

After a brief stint as assistant manager to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Smith was appointed Scotland manager in December 2004. He presided over a revival in their fortunes, taking the national team 70 places up the FIFA World Rankings. After a good start to UEFA Euro 2008 qualification, he resigned as Scotland manager in January 2007 to return to Rangers. He won eight trophies during his second spell as Rangers manager and guided the team to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, before retiring from management in 2011. Smith is the second-most successful manager in the history of Rangers, behind Bill Struth.

Teams managed By Walter Smith

1978–1982Scotland U18
1982–1986Scotland U21
1991–1998Rangers
1998–2002Everton
2004–2007Scotland
2007–2011Rangers

Walter Smith Personal life

Walter Smith was married to Ethel, with whom he had two sons, Neil and Steven.

He underwent an unspecified medical operation in March 2021 that required him to stay in hospital. His death was announced on 26 October 2021. He was 73.

Walter Smith Physical Stats

Age73 years old
HeightFeet 6’3″ inches
In centimetres – 191cm
In metres – 1.91m
Weight98 KG 
Eye ColourNA
Hair ColourNA

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Walter Smith Life After Management

Rangers entered administration in February 2012. An attempt to take the club out of administration by means of a creditors voluntary arrangement was rejected by HM Revenue & Customs, the largest creditor, putting the club into liquidation in June 2012. The administrator, Duff & Phelps, sold the assets of Rangers to a consortium led by Charles Green. Smith said that he was leading a consortium offering a deal to buy the assets from Green, but this offer was withdrawn days later. On 11 November 2012, Smith returned to Ibrox taking on a role with the new Rangers company as a non-executive director. Smith was appointed non-executive chairman in May 2013, but he resigned from the board in August.

Smith was linked with a return to management as Scotland manager in February 2018, but he withdrew his name from consideration after discussions with the Scottish FA.

Walter Smith FAQ

Who was Walter Smith?

Walter Ferguson Smith OBE (24 February 1948 – 26 October 2021) was a Scottish football player, manager and director, primarily associated with his two spells as manager of Glasgow club Rangers.

When did Walter Smith die?

Walter Smith death was announced on 26 October 2021. He was 73.

What was Walter Smith Cause Of Death?

Walter Smith underwent an unspecified medical operation in March 2021 that required him to stay in hospital. His death was announced on 26 October 2021. He was 73.

What is Walter Smith Wife’s Name?

Walter Smith was married to Ethel, with whom he had two sons, Neil and Steven.

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