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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 December, 2004, 13:17 GMT
Scotland name Smith as new boss
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We can qualify - I have not given up hope
Walter Smith on the World Cup
Walter Smith has been named as the new Scotland manager on a four-year deal.

The former Rangers and Everton boss was unveiled by the Scottish Football Association as successor to Berti Vogts, who resigned on 1 November.

Gordon Strachan and Frenchman Philippe Troussier were also in the running for the job but the SFA plumped for Smith.

"I'm delighted. The national team manager's job is still one any coach would want and I'm looking forward to getting started," Smith, 56, said.

"I've had experience with Scotland from youth to assistant level of the full national side and I'm looking forward to my own spell as team manager."

The Scots have picked up only two points from their first three World Cup qualifiers but Smith believes they can still make it through to the finals in 2006.

"Scotland have a chance of qualifying and like every other new manager I would hope we can have an upturn," he added.

WALTER SMITH FACTFILE

1948: Born in Glasgow
1966: Joins Dundee United
1974: Plays in Scottish Cup final
1975: Moves to Dumbarton
1977: Joins Dundee Utd coaching staff, eventually becoming assistant to Jim McLean
1986: Appointed a director at Tannadice
1986: Becomes assistant manager at Rangers under Graeme Souness
April 1991: Takes over as Rangers manager
July 1998: Named Everton boss
March 2002: Sacked by Everton
March-May 2004: Has a short coaching spell at Man Utd

"If we manage to get that it is possible we can qualify - I certainly have not given up hope.

"It is going to be tough, the last couple of home games have not gone our way and the remaining home games will be important."

SFA president John McBeth said: "He's the 15th man to be appointed Scotland manager and was the outstanding candidate.

"He will take Scotland forward for the next four years. From my recent meetings with him, he has excellent ideas about the game and the national team which will help us to turn the corner."

Smith hopes to retain the services of assistant manager Tommy Burns, who was number two to Vogts and took charge of the team for the 4-1 friendly defeat by Sweden last month.

"Walter has asked me to stay and work alongside him in the same capacity as I was in before.

"I'm thrilled to have been given that chance as I have always considered it a great honour to be involved with Scotland," Burns told the Scottish Sun newspaper.

Smith won seven league titles with Rangers, helping the Ibrox club achieve the record-equalling nine in a row.

He quit the Glasgow giants in 1998 as Rangers conceded the title to Celtic and lost the Scottish Cup final to Hearts.

Smith joined Everton in the same year but could not produce the success required on Merseyside.

With the club looking set for a relegation battle in 2002 and following an abysmal display in an FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Middlesbrough, he was sacked.

Smith had a short spell as assistant boss to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United last season before the return of Carlos Queiroz from Real Madrid.




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