Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty dies aged 92

Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty has died aged 92 (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United and Scotland manager Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92 following a long illness, his family have announced.

Docherty, who was known as ‘The Doc’, spent nine years as a player with Preston, and won 25 caps for Scotland.

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 died at home in the north west on December 31. A family spokesperson said in a statement: ‘Tommy passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home.

Tommy Docherty represented both Arsenal and Preston during an illustrious playing career (Credits: Colorsport/REX)
Tommy Docherty managed Manchester United to their 1977 FA Cup final win over Liverpool (Picture: getty)

‘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.’

United said in a statement on Twitter: ‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tommy Docherty, who led us to FA Cup victory in 1977 with a thrilling, attacking team in the best traditions of Manchester United.

‘Everyone at the club sends sincere condolences to Tommy’s loved ones.’

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