Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92 following a long illness. Docherty managed 12 clubs in his managerial career between 1961 and 1988, as well as the Scotland national team. He was the Manchester United manager between 1972 and 1977, overseeing the period where the Red Devils were relegated from the top flight before being promoted at the first time of asking.
A family spokesperson said in a statement released on Thursday 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.”
Docherty spent the majority of his playing career at Preston North End, making over 300 league appearances for the Lilywhites.
He also spent three years as a player at Arsenal, before ending his career as a player at Chelsea.
Nicknamed ‘The Doc’, Docherty also won 25 caps for Scotland between 1951 and 1959.
Docherty’s managerial career started as a player-coach at Chelsea in 1961, where he spent six years in charge including winning the League Cup in 1965.
He then had spells as manager of Rotherham, QPR, Aston Villa and Porto, before becoming Scotland boss in 1971.
Docherty was prised away from his role as Scotland manager by United in December 1972 following the sacking of Frank O’Farrell.
The 1973-74 campaign was his first full season in charge of United, where the club were relegated to the second tier of English football.
But Docherty led the club back up to the top flight straight away, winning the second division.
United lost the 1976 FA Cup final to Southampton under Docherty but won the tournament a year later, defeating Liverpool 2-1 in the final.
Docherty was sacked by United in July that year before becoming manager of Derby County in September.
He was Derby manager until he resigned in May 1979.
The Scot then had another spell in charge of QPR, before managing Sydney Olympic and South Melbourne in Australia, as well as returning to Preston as manager.
His managerial career ended with time at Wolves and Altrincham.