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Former Welsh manager Mike Smith dies aged 83 |  Football news

Former Welsh manager Mike Smith has died aged 83.

Smith, the first non-Welshman to lead the national team, led them to the quarter-finals of the 1976 European Championship, where they were controversially beaten 3-1 over two innings by Yugoslavia.

The Football Association of Wales said: “The FAW is saddened to learn that former Cymru manager Mike Smith has passed away at the age of 83.

“The hearts of everyone at FAW are with the family and friends of Mike Smith at this sad time.”

England’s Smith played amateur football for Corinthian Casuals but made a name for himself across the fence and was appointed FAW Director of Coaching with responsibility for overseeing the development of the country’s middle teams. .

He replaced David Bowen as senior team manager in 1974 and after making the final eight at the European Championship he missed qualifying for the 1978 World Cup final after a 2-0 loss. against Scotland in a match played at Anfield. .

Smith left his post in 1979 and then returned to the post of director in Hull, where he spent three years in charge.

He led Egypt to African Cup of Nations glory in 1986 and had a second term in charge of Wales following John Toshack’s 48-day reign in 1994, which lasted 16 months.

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