After 250 appearances for Dundee United, Walter Smith was appointed coach of the Scotland Under 18 team in 1978, helping the team to win the European Youth Championship in 1982. This was the start to what has been a long and successful career in both coaching and management, first with the SFA where he acted as assistant manager to Alex Ferguson during the 1986 Mexico World Cup. He enjoyed an illustrious career in management at Rangers, joining the Souness revolution in 1987, winning seven successive league titles, a domestic treble in 1992/93 and winning both the Scottish Cup and the League Cup three times each. Following this stirring success in Scotland, Smith accepted a position across the border in the English Premier League with Everton in 1998, where he was manager for three years, before reuniting with Sir Alex Ferguson as an assistant manager at Manchester Untied in 2004.In December of that year, Smith was appointed manager of the Scottish national team. During his tenure at the helm, Scotland enjoyed their most successful period of international football for several years, rising almost forty places in the World Rankings and earning Smith the "Scot of the Year" award at the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland awards in 2006. Midway through the qualifying rounds for Euro 2008, however, and with Scotland leading the group, Smith controversially accepted an offer to quit the SFA for a return to Ibrox in January 2007. Walter Smith is one of the most talked about and respected managers in British football. This insightful biography casts a reflective and analytical eye over his life and career, examining this shrewd professional through the many highs and lows that he has experienced as a player and a manager.
I know that many football fans have their own favourites and vivid memories of indelible deeds by their heroes. But there are some players who transcend tribal loyalty and create their own special pieces of history. Davie Cooper was one such talismanic figure for me and I am delighted to offer Amazon readers the chance to read my new biography of the great man. This book has turned into a bit of a labour of love for me, but I have been indebted to such football luminaries as Sir Alex Ferguson, Craig Brown, Gordon Smith, Bobby Russell, Tom Boyd, Andy Roxburgh and Billy Davies for sharing their memories of "Coop" with me.I have also received much-appreciated help from a wide number of supporters, many of whose stories are carried in these pages. Davie was a quiet man, somebody who struggled to regard himself as a superstar - and there are many poignant stories of his down-to-earth nature - but he was a sublime football talent and I hope that I have done him justice in these 84,000 words. I would also like to hear what YOU, the readers make of it, because this book could not have been written without the contributions and assistance of scores of people, who marvelled at Davie's powers.
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Hello, I've been working as a journalist since the late 1980s and was involved in the launch of "Scotland on Sunday", which was one of the most enjoyable periods of my career. I attended a wide number of global sporting events including the 1991 and 1995 Rugby World Cups - the latter was particularly memorable - the 1997 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which were a wonderful experience.
I began writing books in 2005 with my account of Freuchie's triumphal march to Lord's in 1985 - "Dad's Army" gained a string of good reviews, but didn't exactly trouble the best-sellers list. I then ghosted Alan Rough's autobiography - which was good fun - and wrote a biography of Walter Smith, which is now in its third edition, and still selling well. The newest volumn runs to over 110,000 words and takes the story all the way through to Smith exiting Rangers with another SPL title in his bag.
It is available on Amazon at a very competitive price!
I have also written a forthcoming book, "Southern Comfort", which is a history of Borders rugby as told by the likes of John Rutherford, Colin Deans, Roy Laidlaw, Jim Renwick, Chris Paterson, Jim Telfer and many others, with a foreword by the legendary Australian winger, David Campese.
It will be published in September and will also be available on Amazon.
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