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Silversmith The Biography of Walter Smith by Neil Drysdale
  

Silversmith The Biography of Walter Smith

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Silversmith The Biography of Walter Smith by Neil Drysdale

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. After 250 appearances for Dundee United, Walter Smith was appointed assistant to Jim McLean in 1982, the same year in which he helped the Scotland under-18 side win the European Youth Championship. He later served as Alex Ferguson's assistant during the 1986 World Cup. He enjoyed an illustrious career in management at Rangers, joining the Souness revolution in 1987, winning nine successive league titles, a domestic treble in the 1992-93 season and winning both the Scottish Cup and League Cup three times. In 1998, Smith accepted a position in England with Everton, where he was the manager until 2002, before being reunited with Ferguson at Old Trafford in 2004. In December of that year, Smith was appointed as Scotland manager and his effort subsequently earned him the title of 'Scot of the Year' at the prestigious Glenfiddich 'Spirit of Scotland' awards in 2006. Midway through the qualifying rounds for Euro 2008, however, and with the Scots leading their group, he controversially accepted an offer to return to Ibrox in January 2007. Since returning to Glasgow, Smith has led Rangers to the UEFA Cup Final and triumph in the Scottish Cup in 2008, a domestic League and Cup double in 2009 and another double - this time in the domestic League and League Cup - in 2010. Neil Drysdale brings Smith's story right up to date as he challenges for titles on all fronts in his last season at Rangers before calling time on his distinguished career in management.

Reviews

'Walter has football running through his veins. What he has achieved is remarkable and I have huge respect for him' - Sir Alex Ferguson 'A timely and sympathetic portrait of the veteran boss' - BBC Sportsound'


About the Author

Neil Drysdale has been involved in journalism since the mid-1980s and has been praised for the quality of his writing across a wide range of sports. He was an award-winning writer with the Scotland on Sunday for 15 years, but now works freelance, mostly for the Herald and the Sunday Times. He is the author of several sports books including Dad's Army, the autobiography of Alan Rough and a History of Borders rugby. He is married and lives in Aberdeen.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th July 2011

Author

Neil Drysdale

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Publisher

Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Biography: sport
Football (Soccer, Association football)

ISBN

9781841589923

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