Former Newcastle United manager Jim Smith dies aged 79

Former Newcastle United manager Jim Smith has died at the age of 79.

Smith became a popular figure on Tyneside after almost leading the Magpies back to the top flight during his three-year-spell at St James' Park between 1988 and 1991.

After a long playing career, Smith made his mark as a manager by leading Birmingham into the First Division and taking Oxford into the top flight.

He also served as League Managers Association (LMA) chief executive before returning to management and leading Derby to the Premier League.Smith was also inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame 1000 club.

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan added: "Jim was a true friend to the LMA and will be very sorely missed by his colleagues and friends."