Walter Smith : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death

Walter Ferguson Smith OBE is a Scottish former football player, manager and director know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death

Walter Smith : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death
Walter Smith
  Bio
Name Walter Smith
Birthdate ( Age) 24 February 1948 
Place of Birth Lanark, United Kingdom
Nationality Scottish
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Ethel
Children Nile and Steven
Parents Name not known
Education Not Known
Profession Scottish former football player
Net Worth $4 Million
Last Update October 2021

Walter Ferguson Smith OBE was a Scottish football player, manager and director. He is primarily associated with his two spells as manager of Scottish club Rangers.

He won eight trophies during his second spell as Rangers manager and guided the team to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, before retiring from management in 2011. Smith is the second-most successful manager in the history of Rangers, behind Bill Struth.

Early Life and Family

Smith was born in Lanark, but grew up in the Carmyle district in the East End of Glasgow,and was a boyhood fan of Rangers.He was employed by the South of Scotland Electricity Board before launching his football career in the 1960s with Junior League team Ashfield.

Walter Smith Wife

Walter Smith was Married with wife Ethel and the couple have two children together named Nile and Steven.Walter leaves behind a wife, children and grandchildren, all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”

Walter Smith Net Worth

Walter Ferguson Smith OBE was a Scottish football player, manager and director has an estimated Net Worth around $4 Million in 2021.

Professional Career

Smith was one of three Ashfield players signed by Dundee United manager Jerry Kerr in 1966, joining the club in November shortly after teammates Jim Cameron and Gerry Hernon. A versatile player, Smith appeared for the reserve team in a number of positions, initially as a right-half.

He made his first team debut in a Scottish Football League match against Kilmarnock on 20 March 1967. He continued to play regularly for the reserves, making only a handful of first team matches over the next four years until establishing himself in the latter part of the 1970–71 season.

Smith was one of three Ashfield players signed by Dundee United manager Jerry Kerr in 1966, joining the club in November shortly after teammates Jim Cameron and Gerry Hernon. A versatile player, Smith appeared for the reserve team in a number of positions, initially as a right-half. He made his first team debut in a Scottish Football League match against Kilmarnock on 20 March 1967. He continued to play regularly for the reserves, making only a handful of first team matches over the next four years until establishing himself in the latter part of the 1970–71 season.

He played in 44 league games for Dumbarton before McLean paid a fee of £4,000 to bring him back to Dundee United in February 1977. Shortly afterwards, however, a serious pelvic injury effectively curtailed Smith's playing career at the age of 29.

He developed his coaching skills as assistant manager to Jim McLean, at a time when Dundee United were Scottish champions and European Cup semi-finalists.While working with McLean, a notoriously hard-bitten manager, Smith developed a reputation for being a strict disciplinarian. According to Kevin Gallacher, who was an apprentice of the club at the time in the early 1980s, Smith could become ferociously angry and was known to deal out punches to enforce discipline.He joined Dundee United's board of directors in 1986.

In 1978, he was appointed coach of the Scotland Under-18 team, and helped them to win the European Youth Championship in 1982.He became coach of the Under 21 team, and was Alex Ferguson's assistant manager during the 1986 Mexico World Cup.Latterly Ferguson commented on Smith by saying: "There are few people in the game with his experience, knowledge and technical ability."

In March 2004, Smith returned to football when he had a short spell as assistant manager to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United at the end of the 2003–04 season.During this time Manchester United won the 2004 FA Cup Final, beating Millwall at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Smith was linked with a return to management as Scotland manager in February 2018, but he withdrew his name from consideration after discussions with the Scottish FA.Smith underwent an unspecified medical operation in March 2021 which required him to stay in hospital.Smith's death was announced on 26 October 2021.