Manchester United and Chelsea lead tributes after the death of ‘the Doc’ at 92 –

“He was a very beloved husband, father and dad and we will miss him terribly,” Docherty’s family told the Press Association.

“We ask that our privacy be respected at this time.”

Docherty was one of the most colorful and outspoken figures in football, whose coaching career spanned 27 years and 12 clubs, as well as a brief stint in charge of the Scottish national team.


He was best known for his five years in charge of Manchester United from 1972-77.

Offensive-minded Docherty could not prevent the club from relegation to the Second Division, but he immediately regained them and clinched victory over Bob Paisley’s Liverpool in the 1977 FA Cup final at Wembley.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tommy Docherty, who led us to victory in the FA Cup in 1977 with an exciting attacking team in the best Manchester United traditions,” United said via Twitter on Thursday.

“Everyone at the club sends their deepest condolences to Tommy’s loved ones.”

Docherty ended his playing career at Chelsea, whom he also managed from 1961-67 and delivered promotion to Division One, as well as a League Cup victory in 1965 and an appearance in the FA Cup final two. years later.

“Everyone at Chelsea Football Club is very saddened to learn of the death of our former player and coach Tommy Docherty,” said Chelsea.

“Tommy was a legend of our game and our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this time.”

Docherty also had two terms in charge at QPR, who said: “It is with great sadness that the club has learned of the passing of former QPR coach, Tommy Docherty. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. May he rest in peace. “

As a player, Docherty won 25 international matches for Scotland and participated in the 1954 and 1958 World Cups, as well as coaching the team for a brief 12-match period between 1971-72, before departing for Old Trafford.

He was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

“Football has lost a tremendous personality in Tommy Docherty,” said Rod Petrie, president of the Scottish Football Association (SFA). “He was tenacious on the field and a great leader off it.

“Tommy was a regular on the Scotland team in the 1950s that qualified for two World Cups, and his record as a Scottish manager was impressive, albeit interrupted by his decision to take over for Manchester United.

“He said the biggest regret of his career was leaving his managerial position in Scotland and looking at the results and the performances he inspired, it’s hard not to wonder what he would have been like if he had stayed.

“His charisma and love of the game shone through even after he left coaching and it was totally fitting that Tommy was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame for his lifetime service. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Former Manchester United winger Gordon Hill said: “What a sad day for me to hear the passing of my old boss Tommy Docherty, (The Doc). Great coach who knew what style of soccer to play. I cannot express my memories of him, they are too many. He is with the greats as an elite manager. RIP TD «.

Although Docherty also played for Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic during his playing days, he made more than 300 appearances for Preston and reached the FA Cup final in 1954, as well as winning the 1950-51 Second Division title. He later directed North End in 1981.

“Everyone at Preston North End is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former player and coach Tommy Docherty, who made more than 300 appearances with the club,” Preston said.

“Our thoughts are with Tommy’s loved ones at this sad time.”

Celtic said: “We are saddened to learn of the death of Tommy Docherty, who spent two years with Celtic in the 1940s. We express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP”


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