LONDON: Tommy Docherty, the former Scotland international then manager who claimed he had “more clubs than Jack Nicklaus” has died aged 92.
Docherty won 25 caps for Scotland in the 1950s and early 1960s while playing played winghalf for Celtic, Preston North End and Arsenal.
He went on to manage 12 clubs – including Chelsea, Aston Villa and Derby – as well as a stint in charge of Scotland.
But he was best known for his five-year spell at Old Trafford, overseeing an FA Cup final win over Bob Paisley’s Liverpool in 1977.
Docherty’s international career included the finals of the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland where he claimed his tongue became sun-burned from his efforts to catch up with the great Juan Schiaffino in a 7-0 defeat by Uruguay.
Later he was among a new breed of managers whose quick talking and charisma earned them popularity and headlines to match their players.
He died at home in the north west on December 31.
A family spokesperson said in a statement released to the PA news agency: “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. There will be no further comment.”