After a long illness, former Scotland and Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty died at the age of 92.
The Scot, affectionately referred to as “The Doc,” started his career at Celtic and in 1974 guided Manchester United to the second division before bringing the club back as champions to the top.
The Gorbals-born giant of soccer, who started his career as a player at Shettleston junior club and was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2013, died in northwestern England at home. His family verified Thursday’s news.
“In a released statement, a family spokesperson said, “Tommy passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family.
“He was a very beloved husband, father and dad, and he’s going to be missed terribly.
“We ask that our privacy be respected at this time. There will be no further comment.”
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tommy Docherty, who led us to FA Cup victory in 1977, with an exciting, attacking team in the best Manchester United tradition. Everyone at the club sends sincere condolences to Tommy’s loved ones.”We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tommy Docherty, who led us to victory in the FA Cup in 1977, with an exciting, attacking team in the best tradition of Manchester United. Everyone at the club sends sincere condolences to the loved ones of Tommy.
Sammy McIlroy, the former Manchester United player, said, “He was an incredible guy. He was very funny, always cracking jokes and always talking about soccer. It was a great pleasure to be in his company.”
“larger-than-life character”larger-than-life character”more clubs than Jack Nicklaus.”more clubs than Jack Nicklaus.
He added, “He could make anyone laugh. In the dressing room, an hour before kickoff, he entertained you from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., which made the players relax.”
Celtic FC also paid its respects, writing, “We are saddened to hear of the death of Tommy Docherty, who spent two years at Celtic in the 1940s. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. RIP.”
Tommy Docherty also managed Chelsea – where he won the League Cup – Aston Villa and Scotland, among various other clubs, in a managerial career that spanned almost three decades, a total of 13 of which he supervised until his retirement in 1988.
The former midfielder, as a player, became a legend at Preston North End, where in nine years he made more than 300 appearances, while at Arsenal he also spent three years.
He represented Scotland twenty-five times and was part of the squad that played in Sweden’s 1958 World Cup.
He famously had the option of retaining each jersey or paying a match fee of £ 15. He preferred the jerseys to be kept.
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“SFA President Rod Petrie: “In Tommy Docherty, football has lost a great personality. He was tenacious on the field and a great leader off it.
In the Scotland national team, Tommy was a regular who qualified for two World Cups in the 1950s, and his record as Scotland coach was impressive, but his decision to take the Manchester United job was cut short.
He went on record as saying that his greatest regret was giving up his job as coach of Scotland, and when you look at the outcomes and successes he inspired, it’s hard not to think what it would have been if he had stayed.
“After his retirement from the national team, his charm and passion of soccer persisted unabated and it was absolutely appropriate that Tommy was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame for his lifetime of service. At this difficult moment, our thoughts are with his family and friends.’
The playing career was followed in 1971, before the job was made permanent, by an illustrious soccer management career that saw him become an interim Scotland coach.
When Frank O’Farrell was sacked as manager of Manchester United in December 1972, Mr Docherty was headhunted by Manchester United and he left his job in Scotland to become manager.
In his playing career, the turning point came in 1946 when he was promoted to the National Di