Jim Smith: Former Derby, Oxford United and Portsmouth boss dead aged 79 | Former Derby, Oxford United and Portsmouth manager Jim Smith has died aged 79.

Jim Smith: Former Derby, Oxford United and Portsmouth boss dead aged 79

Jim Smith: Former Derby, Oxford United and Portsmouth boss dead aged 79

Jim Smith: Former Derby, Oxford United and Portsmouth boss dead aged 79

Jim Smith: Former Derby, Oxford United and Portsmouth boss dead aged 79

Jim Smith: Former Derby, Oxford United and Portsmouth boss dead aged 79

Jim Smith: Former Derby, Oxford United and Portsmouth boss dead aged 79
Jim Smith: Former Derby, Oxford United and Portsmouth boss dead aged 79
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Jim Smith has died aged 79

Jim Smith has died aged 79 (Image: GETTY)

Former Derby, Portsmouth and Oxford United manager Jim Smith has died aged 79. The football manager was known as the 'Bald Eagle' and enjoyed a good career across eight different clubs in various leagues.

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A League Cup final appearance with QPR in 1986 and promotion to the Premier League with Derby in 1996 were his career highlights.

"Our thoughts are with Jim's family," said QPR in a statement.

Smith's playing career was largely in the lower leagues but he left his mark when he became a manager down the line.

He was always a strong motivator of players, very direct and helped several big names make it in the game.

Jim Smith has died aged 79

Jim Smith has died aged 79 (Image: GETTY)

John Aldridge and Darren Anderton are just two names that went on to secure big moved after working with Smith and made the most of their footballing talents.

"I have so many fond memories of Jim as a football manager but foremost as a friend," said League Managers Association chairman Howard Wilkinson.

"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.

"He was intelligent, passionate, determined, honest and always great fun to be with. Never one to mince his words, he was a leader in the truest sense."

Jim Smith helped Derby win promotion to the Premier League

Jim Smith helped Derby win promotion to the Premier League (Image: GETTY)

He was known for getting teams promoted as well.

Colchester United and Birmingham both climbed divisions under Smith before he transformed Oxford into a top-flight side.

Smith did struggle when he was given an opporutnity at Newcastle but he made up for it when he guided second-tier Portsmouth to an FA Cup semi-final in 1992.

He would later miss out on promotion through the play-offs with Pompey though.

Derby was to be his last big managerial job where he helped the Rams into the Premier League.

After that he had assistant manager spells at Coventry City, Portsmouth and Southampton, before a return to Oxford.

That would be where he would finish his 38-year career in football.

Owen explains why he’s not ‘excited’ by Man Utd target Haaland

Owen explains why he’s not ‘excited’ by Man Utd target Haaland

Michael Owen insists he is not “excited” by Manchester United target Erling Braut Haaland and questions whether the in-demand striker has what it takes “to go to the very top”.

The 19-year-old has put top European clubs on alert with 28 goals in just 21 games so far this season, including finding the net in all five Champions League group games.

He has been tipped to reunite with former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United – who managed him at Molde – whilst Liverpool are also said to be keeping tabs on the Norwegian.

But ex-England striker Owen has questioned whether Haaland has the star quality to warrant the hype he has received.

Speaking on BT Sport ahead of the game, Owen said: “He doesn’t get you off your seat, put it that way.

“He does in that way (scoring goals) and that’s absolutely fine. Do you know what, many a player have made great careers out of just scoring goals and that’s absolutely fine.

“But what I’m saying is, are we talking about someone who is going to go to the very top? It’s very hard to see that.

 

 

“He’s 19, he’s doing unbelievable for his age, but when you look at the great players, they do things that no-one else can.

“They’re either great dribblers or lightening quick or something.

“I don’t watch him and get excited. I’m not desperate to see him tonight, put it that way, but his stats just make you respect what he’s doing at the moment.

“I’m probably being harsh, he’s 19, but he’s got a long way to go to match the numbers that he’s scoring at the moment.”

 

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Erling Haaland to Man Utd: Head scout attends Liverpool game as Ed Woodward plots transfer

Erling Haaland to Man Utd: Head scout attends Liverpool game as Ed Woodward plots transfer

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Erling Haaland to Man Utd: United's head scout watched Haaland against Liverpool on Tuesday (Image: DAILY EXPRESS)

Manchester United sent their head of scouting Marcel Bout to watch January transfer target Erling Haaland play against Liverpool on Tuesday. Norway sensation Haaland started for Red Bull Salzburg in their crucial Champions League match versus Jurgen Klopp’s side. Haaland, 19, is a target of a number of Europe’s top clubs after a stunning start to the season.

Haaland had scored 28 goals in his first 21 matches in all competitions this term before the visit of Liverpool.

United have been heavily linked with the teenager’s signature as they look to bolster their attack.

And BT Sport commentator Ian Darke claimed during the Salzburg-Liverpool match that United scout Bout was in attendance to watch Haaland.

“We hear that Haaland is being watched here tonight by Manchester United’s head of scouting,” Darke said.

“A lot of rumours linking him with a January move to Old Trafford.

“Of course he played for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Molde and got 20 goals in 50 appearances.

“But he was even younger of course than he is now.”

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Champions League draw: When is it? Who can Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona face in last 16?

Champions League draw: When is it? Who can Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona face in last 16?

The last group stage fixtures in the Champions League take place tonight with Liverpool and Chelsea looking to progress. Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Red Bull Salzburg while Frank Lampard hosts Lille as they seek qualification into the last 16.

The Champions League last 16 draw will take place at 11am on Monday, December 16 in Nyon, Switzerland.

The teams will be divided into two pots, one will consist of all of the group stage winners, the other all the runner-ups.

No side can face another team from the same country or a team that they were drawn alongside during the group stage.

And the seeded group winners will travel away to their opponents in the first leg of the match.

The first legs of the Champions League last 16 matches will take place on February 18, 19, 25 or 26.

March 10, 11, 17 or 18 March are the dates the second legs are scheduled by UEFA.

Champions League draw: Liverpool and Chelsea will hope to be in the hat for the last 16

Champions League draw: Liverpool and Chelsea will hope to be in the hat for the last 16 (Image: GETTY)

Teams confirmed for the last 16 draw

* Group winner

Barcelona (ESP)*

Bayern Munich (GER)*

Juventus (ITA)*

RB Leipzig (GER)

Manchester City (ENG)*

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)*

Real Madrid (ESP)

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

8 more teams to follow

Champions League permutations going into the final matches

GROUP A:

Paris Saint-Germain have qualified as group winners.

Real Madrid have finished second in the group and are also through.

GROUP B:

Bayern Munich recorded five wins in five games to top the group.

Tottenham, beaten in last season’s final, have finished second behind the German side.

Champions League draw: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are the current holders

Champions League draw: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are the current holders (Image: GETTY)

GROUP C:

Manchester City are through to the last 16 as group winners.

However, second place is still up for grabs.

Shakhtar Donetsk will progress if they beat Atalanta, or if they draw and Dinamo Zagreb fail to win.

Dinamo Zagreb will advance if they beat City and Shakhtar do not beat Atalanta.

Atalanta will progress if they beat Shakhtar and Dinamo fail to win against City.

GROUP D:

Juventus have qualified for the knockout phase as group winners.

Looking to join them are Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen.

Atletico will seal the runners-up spot if they beat Lokomotiv Moscow, while Leverkusen will advance if they beat Juventus and the Spanish side fails to win.

GROUP E:

A point against RB Salzburg will be enough to see Liverpool progress and a win will seal top spot.

Napoli also just need a draw against but will be through if Salzburg don’t beat Liverpool.

Salzburg need to beat Liverpool and hope Napoli fail to win against Genk in order to progress.

GROUP F:

Barcelona are through to the last 16 as group winners.

Inter Milan will join them as runners-up if they beat Barca.

However, Borussia Dortmund will finish second if they earn more points that Inter.

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GROUP G:

RB Leipzig are safely through and a draw against Lyon will confirm top spot.

Zenit St Petersburg will progress if they win at Benfica but Lyon can still qualify if they pick up more points than Zenit.

GROUP H:

A draw will be enough for Ajax to go through, or if Chelsea fail to beat Lille.

Chelsea will progress if they beat the French side or if they draw and Valencia lose to Ajax.

Valencia will go through if they beat the Dutch outfit or by finishing level with Chelsea due to their superior head-to-head.

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