Former Manchester United and Scotland manager Tommy Docherty has passed away, aged 92.
The Scottish Football Hall of Fame inductee had an extensive playing career with the likes of Shettleston Juniors, Celtic, Preston North End, Arsenal and Chelsea, appearing at two World Cups, before taking in managerial stints with Scotland and Manchester United amongst many others.
Docherty won seven of 12 matches in charge of Scotland between 1971-72 before joining Manchester United, winning the FA Cup and Second Division title during a five-year stint.
Rod Petrie, Scottish FA President, said: “Football has lost a tremendous personality in Tommy Docherty. He was tenacious on the park and a great leader off it.
“Tommy was a regular in the Scotland side in the 1950s that qualified for two World Cups, and his record as Scotland manager was impressive, albeit cut short by his decision to take the Manchester United job.
“He was on record as saying that the biggest regret of his career was leaving his Scotland managerial role and looking at the results and performances he inspired, it is hard not to wonder what might have been had he remained.
“His charisma and love for the game shone even after he stopped managing and it was entirely fitting that Tommy should be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame for his lifelong service. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
A family spokesperson said in a statement: “Tommy passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home. He was a much-loved husband, father and papa and will be terribly missed. We ask that our privacy be respected at this time.”
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