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Walter Ferguson Smith(born 24 February 1948) is a Scottish former football player, manager and director. 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. 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. 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.
Smith, one of three Ashfield players signed by Dundee United manager Jerry Kerr in 1966; joining the club in November shortly after teammates Jim Cameron and Gerry Hernon. A versatile player, Smith appeared for the reserve team in a number of positions, initially as a right-half. He made his first team debut in a Scottish Football League match against Kilmarnock on 20 March 1967. He continued to play regularly for the reserves; making only a handful of first team matches over the next four years until establishing himself in the latter part of the 1970–71 season.
Smith remained a regular first team player for United until 1974, often in central defence. His future coaching mentor Jim McLean became manager in December 1971; and the following month his future managerial assistant Archie Knox became a teammate. In September 1973, Smith scored the only goal of the game as United defeated Dundee in the Dundee derby; he celebrated by kissing his boot, a gesture which he later embarrassed by. He played in the 1974 Scottish Cup Final against Celtic; Dundee United’s first appearance in a major final, but finished with a runners-up medal following a 3–0 defeat.
Smith played less regularly the following season, and in September 1975 sold to Dumbarton. He had played in 108 league games, scoring 2 goals, between 1966 and 1975.
In April 1986, Graeme Souness, appointed player-manager of Rangers and Smith accepted his offer to become assistant. He helped Souness guide Rangers to Premier Division and League Cup glory in 1986–87, another League Cup in 1987–88, the Premier Division and League Cup again in 1988–89, a second successive league title in 1989–90 and another League Cup in 1990–91.
With Souness continuing to play regularly until 1988, Smith, the principal figure in the dugout for many matches. In addition, Smith took sole charge of the team in the 1987 Scottish League Cup Final as Souness was suspended. Souness, subject to an extensive touchline ban from February 1989, although he frequently circumvented this by naming himself as a substitute.
When Souness left for Liverpool in April 1991, Walter Smith authentic autographs appointed interim manager. This made permanent in May 1991, after the club clinched its fourth title in five seasons. Six more league titles in succession followed under Smith’s tenure, including a domestic treble in 1992–93. Then again, he also won the Scottish Cup and the League Cup three times each. Smith took Rangers autographs to the brink of the final of the Champions League in season 1992–93, going ten games without defeat in that campaign and 44 matches unbeaten in all competitions.
This success achieved at a cost; as Smith spent over £50m on transfer fees in his six years in charge; more than any other club in Great Britain over the same period. Rangers equalled Celtic’s record of nine successive championships in 1996–97. Besides, In an effort to secure a record-breaking tenth success in 1997–98, Rangers spent £13m on eight new players. In European competition, Rangers were beaten 4–1 by IFK Gothenburg in the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League preliminary round and 4–2 by Strasbourg in the first round of the 1997–98 UEFA Cup. There was growing pressure on Smith because of poor European results; it announced in October 1997 that he would leave Rangers at the end of the season. Rangers FC Autographs lost the league title to Celtic on the final day and then lost the 1998 Scottish Cup Final to Hearts.