Thomas Henderson Docherty was a Scottish football player and manager. He played for several clubs, most notably Preston North End, and represented Scotland 25 times between 1951 and 1959. He then managed 13 clubs between 1961 and 1988, as well as the Scottish national team. He was manager of Manchester United between 1972 and 1977.
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Thomas Henderson Docherty was a Scottish football player and manager. He played for several clubs, most notably Preston North End, and represented Scotland 25 times between 1951 and 1959. He then managed a total of 13 clubs between 1961 and 1988, as well as the Scottish national team. He was manager of Manchester United between 1972 and 1977, during which time they were relegated to the Second Division, but promoted back to the First Division as champions at the first attempt. In November 1971 he became the caretaker manager of Scotland, with that position becoming permanent in November 1971. In December 1972, Docherty attended a match that Manchester United lost heavily to Crystal Palace. He left the job a month later and was succeeded by Willie Ormond, who secured qualification for the World Cup in 1974. He died of a heart attack at the age of 69 in a car crash near his home in Glasgow.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. He also leaves behind a son and a daughter, both of whom are currently living in the United States with their husband, Paul. He has also a son, David, who is a professional football coach and a former England Under 21 international. Docherty also has a grandson, David Docherty, who played for the Scotland national team in the 1970s and 1980s, and a great-grandson, Paul Docherty Jr, who now plays for Manchester United. He had a great deal of success as a manager, winning the FA Cup and FA Cup Winners’ Cup with Aston Villa, Rotherham United, Chelsea and FC Porto. He won the League Cup with Chelsea in 1962, and the FA and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-finals a year later, before leaving the club in 1967. In 1971 he was appointed assistant manager to Terry Neill at Hull City, but resigned in July.
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