Derby County and Birmingham City have paid tribute to their former manager who died at the age of 79.

Jim Smith had died yesterday (December 10) after a battle with illness.

Throughout his career, Smith known as the 'bald eagle' managed nine different clubs across the football league.

He enjoyed success in the Midlands after guided The Rams to the Premier League in 1996 - during his six year spell in charge.

Derby County paid tribute to their former manager with a video looking back at the highs and lows they shared together.

Footage from RamsTV:

Birmingham City paid tribute to a 'great football man' in Smith on twitter.

He managed the Blues between 1978 - 1982, where he guiding the team to promotion to the old First Division.

Former head of ITV Sport Gary Newbon said Jim Smith will be remembered as being a 'fun guy' and doing a 'good job' at his clubs.

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