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Friday, December 30, 2005

QPR reportedly set to appoint Jim Smith Director of Football


Jim Smith Set to Become QPR's Director of Football


"Jim Smith, the much-travelled manager, is poised to return to former club Queens Park Rangers as director of football. The appointment, which he is expected to take up early next month, will increase pressure on Rangers manager Ian Holloway, under fire from disgruntled supporters.

- If true, somewhat strange to put it mildly.

Jim Smith Career

Jim Smith (footballer) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Jim Smith (born October 17, 1940) is a former English football (soccer) player and is now working as a coach. He is currently unemployed after Southampton F.C. decided not to renew his contract as assistant to Harry Redknapp following the 2004/05 season.

Playing career
Smith began his playing career in
1959, when he signed for hometown Sheffield United as a trainee (though Smith himself supports Sheffield Wednesday). After failing to break into the first team he was transferred to Aldershot for the 1961-1962 season.
At the beginning of the
1965-1966 season, after scoring one goal in 74 appearances, Smith left Aldershot to join Halifax Town. He made 113 league appearances for Halifax, scoring 7 goals, before moving to Lincoln City in 1968. After a year at Lincoln in which he made 54 appearances Smith signed for non-league Boston United as player-manager.

Management career
A good start to his managerial career at Boston meant that in November
1972 Colchester United offered Smith the position of player-manager at the club.
Success came quickly as Smith guided Colchester to the
Football League Fourth Division title in 1974. His performance at the club attracted the attention of bigger clubs, and in 1975 he quit the club, and hung up his boots, to join Blackburn Rovers as manager.
He led Blackburn for three years before leaving to be appointed boss of
Birmingham City in 1978. Unfortunately, Birmingham were relegated from the old Football League First Division the next year. However, Smith managed to guide Birmingham back into the top flight the next season.
1982 Smith parted company with the St Andrews club and joined Oxford United as manager. Taking them to the old Football League Third Division championship in 1984. The next year they were again promoted, this time into the top flight, for the first time in their history as Oxford won the old Second Division. This spectacular success led to Smith being offered the job of manager at Queens Park Rangers, which he accepted.
In his first year at QPR, Smith took the club to the
League Cup final, but they lost 3-0 to his former club Oxford. Smith continued to manage QPR until 1988 when he left to become manager of Newcastle United. However, the following year Newcastle were relegated and failure to reverse the club's fortunes led to Smith's sacking in 1991.
He quickly bounced back and was appointed manager of
Portsmouth the same year. He had a fairly successful reign at Fratton Park for four years, including reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in 1992, before leaving Pompey to take over at Derby County in 1995.
In his first full season in charge Derby came second in the First Division (now the second tier of English football), and gained promotion to the
FA Premier League.
For three seasons Derby showed impressive improvements in the Premiership, finishing 12th, 9th and 8th. However, in the next two seasons Derby narrowly avoided relegation, finishing 16th and 17th. Smith resigned at the beginning of the
2001-2002 season.
In early
2002, Smith was appointed assistant manager at Coventry City. Though results improved after he arrived, Smith was sacked, along with Coventry's entire management team, at the end of the season.
Later that year, former club Portsmouth offered Smith a position as assistant manager to
Harry Redknapp. Having accepted, Smith helped Redknapp win the First Division at the first attempt in 2002-2003, and went on to become a major part of Pompey's consolidation process in the Premier League.
In November 2004, both Smith and Redknapp resigned from Portsmouth after the appointment of a
director of football. Both considered this to threaten their authority and control in team matters.
Redknapp soon became the manager of
Southampton and Smith was appointed his assistant a few weeks later on December 22, 2004, having previously turned down the role of chief scout. However, Southampton were relegated at the end of the season and Smith's contract was not renewed due to cost-cutting.

Career summary
1959-1961 Sheffield United (player)
1961-1965 Aldershot (player)
1965-1968 Halifax Town (player)
1968-1969 Lincoln City (player)
1969-1972 Boston United (player-manager)
1972-1975 Colchester United (player-manager)
1975-1978 Blackburn Rovers (manager)
1978-1982 Birmingham City (manager)
1982-1985 Oxford United (manager)
1985-1988 Queens Park Rangers (manager)
1988-1991 Newcastle United (manager)
1991-1995 Portsmouth (manager)
1995-2001 Derby County (manager)
2002 Coventry City (assistant manager)
2002-2004 Portsmouth (assistant manager)
2004-2005 Southampton (assistant manager)

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