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Wednesday, July 1, 1998 Published at 15:40 GMT 16:40 UK


Sport: Football

Walter Smith takes over at Everton

Everton's new boss in thoughtful mood

Everton have announced the appointment of former Rangers manager, Walter Smith, as manager and successor to Howard Kendall.

Smith, who was expected to sign for Sheffield Wednesday, enjoyed unprecedented success in Scotland, being involved either as assistant or manager during the run of nine straight championship triumphs.

He has been replaced at Rangers by Dutchman Dick Advocaat and had been offered a back room coaching position with the Glasgow club.

But the lure of trying to emulate the success of fellow Scots Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish and George Graham has encouraged Smith to consider putting his reputation on the line in the Premiership.

Archie Knot, his number two at Ibrox is the new assistant manager at Goodison Park, which must now call into question the roles of present incumbents Adrian Heath and Viv Busby.

Smith is reported to have been offered a 1.5m deal for a three-year contract and will be given at least 10m to spend.



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