Tony Docherty has made a swift return to football as the former Aberdeen and Bristol City manager becomes part of the Forfar Athletic coaching team.

The former midfielder has been Derek McInnes’ long-serving assistant manager and has followed the 49-year-old between spells at St Johnstone, Bristol City and most recently Aberdeen, where Docherty spent eight years as number two.

The former Aberdeen and Bristol City man is back in football.

The former Aberdeen and Bristol City man is back in football. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He left with McInnes earlier this year but has made his return to football without his long-term colleague. The former Bristol City and Dons man is linking up with another good friend, Gary Irvine, who recently took charge of League One Forfar until the end of the season.

They are currently battling to survive in Scotland’s third tier after the departure of Stuart Malcolm as manager following a 3-0 defeat to Clyde last week. Forfar play Dundee United in the Scottish Cup fourth round this Friday.

A Forfar statement reads: “Gary Irvine has managed to persuade one of his many friends and contacts in the game, the vastly experienced Tony Docherty to assist him over the next few weeks in attempting to stave off the threat of relegation that currently hangs over the ‘Loons’.

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The former Dundee man is in the dugout. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“Gary took over the temporary managerial reins at Station Park on Friday afternoon of last week and despite the defeat against East Fife, he certainly got a positive response from the players. He was however keen to bring in a coach to work alongside him in the month ahead, to allow him to continue playing when necessary.

“Tony certainly fits the bill. The directors of Forfar Athletic are very grateful to Tony for agreeing to assist the club in this manner and all going to plan he will have an immediate involvement in the preparations for the fixture at Airdrie.”

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