Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson delivers tribute to Walter Smith

Sir Alex Ferguson delivers transferring tribute to Walter Smith as Manchester United legend calls former assistant and ‘nice good friend’ a ‘particular individual… with a fantastic ethical compass’ following former Rangers boss’s loss of life at 73

  • Former Rangers and Scotland boss Walter Smith has handed away aged 73 
  • He received 21 trophies at Ibrox and is the membership’s second most adorned supervisor  
  • Smith spent six months as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United
  • The former Old Trafford boss paid tribute to his good friend on Tuesday afternoon  

Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to his nice good friend and former assistant Walter Smith, who has died on the age of 73. 

The Rangers legend, who received 21 trophies over two stints at Ibrox and have become the second most adorned supervisor within the golf equipment historical past, handed away on Tuesday after a protracted sickness.

As effectively as managing Scotland, Smith labored for six months as an assistant to Ferguson at Manchester United within the second half of the 2003-04 season.

Sir Alex Feguson has paid tribute to his good friend and former United assistant Walter Smith

The pair additionally labored collectively for Scotland on the 1986 World Cup.  

And on studying of the loss of life of his good friend, Ferguson spoke to the membership’s official website about his right-hand man.

‘I’m completely devastated,’ he stated. ‘Walter was a particular individual. He fought his sickness with nice braveness. 

‘He was a fantastic good friend of mine for years and years, I had him as my assistant at United in 2004 and he was additionally my assistant when Scotland went to the World Cup in 1986.

‘In all that point you have been coping with a person with nice ethical compass in how he lived his life and the friendship he provided so many individuals. 

‘His contribution to soccer with Dundee United, Rangers, Scotland, Everton and Man United was immense.’

Smith’s affect at United went effectively past his six months, with Ferguson beforehand revealing the function the previous Everton boss performed in persuading Wayne Rooney to be part of in the summertime of 2004. 

Smith was alongside Ferguson when United beat Millwall in the 2004 FA Cup final in Cardiff

Smith was alongside Ferguson when United beat Millwall within the 2004 FA Cup closing in Cardiff

And the 79-year-old defined the important thing function Smith performed throughout his temporary spell at Old Trafford. 

‘He was solely at United a short while, however he was incredible,’ added Ferguson.

‘I lost Carlos Queiroz to Real Madrid and I knew I wanted an assistant so I phoned Walter about it and he got here for six months and helped us win the FA Cup towards Millwall. 

‘He had a beautiful reference to folks as a result of he was a fantastic listener, that was considered one of his biggest qualities.

‘He listened and confirmed an curiosity in folks and helped everybody he may. It’s such a loss to the sport and to everybody that knew him. 

‘I ship my honest condolences to his spouse Ethel and his two sons Neil and Steven. I’ll miss him vastly.’

The pair were pictured together (centre) at a charity golf day in Scotland a matter of weeks ago

The pair have been pictured collectively (centre) at a charity golf day in Scotland a matter of weeks in the past


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