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Jim Smith who handled Portsmouth, QPR and Derby County has passed away. The former manager died on Tuesday, December 10, after battle with illness – Smith last coached Oxford Football side before he retired from coaching in 2009 English clubs Portsmouth and Derby County have announced the demise of their former manager Jim Smith who died at the age of 79 after long term battle with illness.

The Englishman played football for years before he became a coach where he took Birmingham to topflight and Oxford to the first division. Jim Smith also served as League Managers Association chief executive before returning to management and leading Derby to the Premier League.

During Jim Smith’s coaching career, he was in charge of 1,500 games with nine clubs across the Leagues. And while playing active football, Smith spent over three years with non-League side Boston United and also had spells with Halifax and Lincoln. “Jim and I have known each other since our teenage years, and I have been in his debt since the day he asked me to become player-coach at Boston United where I served my apprenticeship. “I have so many fond memories of Jim as a football manager but foremost as a friend,”. LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson explained according to UK Mirror.

Earlier, had reported how English football fraternity was plunged into mourning following the death of former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Brom manager Ron Saunders. Aston Villa confirmed the sad news in a club statement on Saturday, December 7, revealing his family had sought for privacy to mourn the legendary manager.

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