The Biography of Walter Smith illustrated edition
By (author) Neil Drysdale
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Silver Smith by Neil Drysdale
Book DescriptionAfter 250 appearances for Dundee United, Walter Smith was appointed coach of the Scotland Under 18 team in 1978, helping the team to win the European Youth Championship in 1982. This was the start to what has been a long and successful career in both coaching and management, first with the SFA where he acted as assistant manager to Alex Ferguson during the 1986 Mexico World Cup. He enjoyed an illustrious career in management at Rangers, joining the Souness revolution in 1987, winning seven successive league titles, a domestic treble in 1992/93 and winning both the Scottish Cup and the League Cup three times each. Following this stirring success in Scotland, Smith accepted a position across the border in the English Premier League with Everton in 1998, where he was manager for three years, before reuniting with Sir Alex Ferguson as an assistant manager at Manchester Untied in 2004.In December of that year, Smith was appointed manager of the Scottish national team. During his tenure at the helm, Scotland enjoyed their most successful period of international football for several years, rising almost forty places in the World Rankings and earning Smith the "Scot of the Year" award at the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland awards in 2006. Midway through the qualifying rounds for Euro 2008, however, and with Scotland leading the group, Smith controversially accepted an offer to quit the SFA for a return to Ibrox in January 2007. Walter Smith is one of the most talked about and respected managers in British football. This insightful biography casts a reflective and analytical eye over his life and career, examining this shrewd professional through the many highs and lows that he has experienced as a player and a manager.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841586298
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Walter Smith is one of the most talked about and respected managers in British football. This insightful biography casts a reflective and analytical eye over his life and career, examining this shrewd professional through the many highs and lows that he has experienced as a player and manager.
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Author Biography - Neil Drysdale
Neil Drysdale has been involved in sports journalism since the mid-1980s and praised for the quality of his writing across a wide range of subjects. He was Bank of Scotland Feature Writer of the Year in 1998, as well as runner-up in 1999. He now works freelance and writes mostly for The Herald, Sunday Herald and Sunday Times and is the author of two sports books - Dad's Army and the biography of Alan Rough. He is married and lives in Falkirk.
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