Former Manchester United and Scotland manager Tommy Docherty, popularly known as ‘The Doc’, has died after a long illness at the age of 92.
Docherty managed 12 clubs – including Chelsea and Aston Villa and a stint in Australia – after a playing career that included 25 caps for Scotland between 1951-59 and more than 300 games at Preston North End.
“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,” United said on Twitter on Thursday.
Docherty was at Old Trafford from 1972-77, replacing Frank O’Farrell, with the 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Bob Paisley’s Liverpool a highlight along with winning the second division title.
The Glaswegian was sacked in 1977 after an extra-marital affair with the wife of the United physio, whom he went on to marry.
His departure saw flair replaced with more dour fare under successor Dave Sexton.
“For about four to five years, we were an unbelievable side and that was all down to The Doc,” former United player Sammy McIlroy told Sky Sports news.
In the early 1980s Docherty took up coaching positions at Sydney Olympic and in Melbourne.
He was famed for his ready wit and acerbic one-liners, joking that he’d had more clubs than golfer Jack Nicklaus.
The Scottish FA said in a statement that it was deeply saddened by the passing of a man who had “a profound impact on the game”.
“Football has lost a tremendous personality in Tommy Docherty. He was tenacious on the park and a great leader off it,” said Scottish FA President Rod Petrie.
Chelsea, with whom he won the League Cup in 1965, hailed Docherty as a “legend of our game”.