Former Derby and Portsmouth manager Jim Smith has died aged 79. His death was confirmed by another of his former clubs, Queen’s Park Rangers.
They said: “All at QPR are deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of former R’s manager Jim Smith. Our thoughts are with Jim’s family at this upsetting time.”
Smith spent much of his playing career in the old fourth division with Halifax, Lincoln and Colchester, but most of his appearances came for non-league side Boston United.
He moved into full-time coaching after spells as player-manager for both Boston and Colchester, taking the reigns at several big name clubs including Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.
But he is best remembered for spells at Portsmouth, where he led the side from 1991 to 1995 before returning as the assistant manager to Harry Redknapp between 2002 and 2004, and at Derby County.
Smith guided the Rams to promotion from the old first division in 1996, which saw them move into the Premier League for the very first time and secure an impressive 12th place finish in their debut campaign.