Ex-Wales manager Mike Smith dies as tributes flood in for ex-international boss

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Former Wales and Hull manager Mike Smith has died at the age of 83, it has been confirmed

Smith, a former amateur star in his own playing days with Tolworth-based non-league outfit Corinthian Casuals, enjoyed two stints in charge of the Welsh national side.

Born in Hendon, England, he became the first ever non-Welshman to manage the Wales team when he took the reins for his first spell in 1974.

Two years later he guided the Dragons to the quarter-finals of the 1976 European Championship, where they were beaten by Yugoslavia, before being replaced in the hot-seat by Mike England in 1979.

Smith then took charge of English Third Division club Hull, but only lasted three years in the post before he and coach Cyril Lea were sacked.

A stint as manager of Egypt then came in 1985, whom he led to victory in the 1986 African Cup of Nations – making him the only British coach in history to win the competition.

The Englishman departed Egypt's national team in 1988 and was appointed a Football development consultant to Anglesey County Council, which involved overseeing their school of excellence in Holyhead.

Then, after a spell in charge of the Wales Youth team, Smith returned for another crack at the senior job from April 1994 up until September 1995.

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