Tommy Docherty, former Man United and Chelsea boss who led Red Devils back to top-flight after relegation, dies aged 92 January 1, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Legendary football manager Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92.
His family confirmed the news on Thursday, which came following a long battle with illness.
The Scotsman, affectionately known as ‘The Doc’, famously took Manchester United down to the second division in 1974 before bringing the club straight back up as champions.
In a managerial career which spanned across nearly three full decades, Docherty also managed Chelsea – where he won the League Cup – Aston Villa and Scotland among numerous other sides, totalling 13 by the time he retired in 1988.
As a player, the former midfielder became a legend for Preston North End, making more than 300 appearances over a nine-year spell at the club, while also spending three years at Arsenal.
He won the Second Division as a player with Preston, before going on to win the same trophy as a manager with United.
Docherty is credited with bringing United back from the brink when it seemed they could fall into obscurity following relegation.
Having lost the likes of George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, the former Red Devils boss rebuilt a youthful, attacking side the following year.
After their promotion back to the First Division, United went on to win the FA Cup under Docherty in 1977.
His life at Old Trafford was never dull and Docherty dominated the front and back pages throughout the seventies.
Despite guiding the club to glory at Wembley, the Scotsman lost his job that year after an affair with the wife of a United physiotherapist emerged.
At Chelsea in the sixties, Docherty also oversaw relegation in 1962 and guided the Blues back to the First Division at the first attempt.
He was in charge of the team which became known as ‘Docherty’s Diamonds’, with the likes of Terry Venables, Bobby Tambling, Peter Bonetti and Barry Bridges.
Chelsea fans can also thank him for the changing the club’s shorts from white to blue, which remains the colour of choice today.
A special documentary celebrating the life of ‘The Doc’ will air at 7pm tonight on talkSPORT.