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Tributes pour in as ex-Premier League manager Jim Smith passes away

The 79-year-old had spells in charge of Derby County, Newcastle United, QPR, Portsmouth and Birmingham City.

Smith managing Derby County in 2001.
Smith managing Derby County in 2001.
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FORMER DERBY COUNTY, Queens Park Rangers and Portsmouth manager Jim Smith has died aged 79, English Championship club QPR said last night. 

Smith also guided Birmingham City into the old First Division and had several stints at Oxford.

Nicknamed ‘the Bald Eagle’, he also managed Newcastle from 1988-1991 before steering Portsmouth to a 1992 FA Cup semi-final where they took Liverpool to a replay before losing on penalties after extra-time.

Smith became a member of England’s League Managers’ Association’s Hall of Fame 1,000 club and served for a time as the organisation’s chief executive before returning to management and leading Derby into the Premier League.

“I have so many fond memories of Jim as a football manager but foremost as a friend,” said LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson.

“He was intelligent, passionate, determined, honest and always great fun to be with.”

Jim Smith QPR Source: Twitter/QPR

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© – AFP, 2019

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