Smith not seeking full-time job

23 February 2011 08:24
Walter Smith expects to give up full-time employment when he stands down as Rangers manager in the summer.Until now, Smith has said that, while he is relinquishing his post at Ibrox, he is not necessarily retiring. [LNB]"I will wait and see," Smith told BBC Scotland. "If someone comes along and offers me a job, you can always listen to it. [LNB]"But it is not really my intention to leave Rangers and go back into full-time employment again." [LNB]Smith was speaking the day after Rangers officially announced that his assistant, Ally McCoist, will take charge at the end of the season. [LNB]And the present manager reiterated that he had originally not intended to remain at Ibrox this term. [LNB]"My intention was to leave last season and I was asked to stay on, which obviously I have done," said Smith.[LNB] He gave up a lot to come to Rangers as assistant, so for that alone he deserves the opportunity Rangers manager Walter Smith "But there was no going back on this one. [LNB]"It was not an easy decision to make as I love working here, but I am not making it with a view to moving elsewhere to work." [LNB]Smith had been grooming McCoist as his successor and was pleased that it had now been made official. [LNB]"I am obviously pleased that that's the case first and foremost," said Smith. "I am delighted that Alistair's going to get an opportunity. [LNB]"When you work with someone for the last four years at Rangers - and beforehand a few years with the national team - I was obviously hoping he would get the opportunity to take over. [LNB]"It was agreed a couple of months ago now and I felt at the time they should have gone and mentioned it, but for whatever reasons it has been held back a bit. [LNB]"But I am delighted it is now public knowledge. I think it was fairly common knowledge that Alistair would be the one who was probably going to get the opportunity."[LNB] [LNB][LNB] Smith thought that McCoist had the qualities necessary for the job having served his apprenticeship. [LNB]"He thoroughly deserves that chance," said the present manager. [LNB]"Normally after giving up as a player, you go straight into coaching, but Alistair had television work to do with his Question of Sport work and his TV punditry, which obviously kept him in touch with football. [LNB]"He has enjoyed doing that for a good number of years, so it wasn't the case that he felt it necessary to go into coaching. [LNB]"But, when I asked him to come to the national team, he had no hesitation in doing so and, when I asked him to come to Rangers, he had no hesitation in cancelling everything to do with his media activities. [LNB]"He gave up a lot to come to Rangers as assistant, so for that alone he deserves the opportunity. [LNB]"But, once you start to work with him on a daily basis, I started to realise the qualities he has got. [LNB]"He knows Rangers, he knows the problems that surround them. [LNB]"If you were a manager coming from another club in Scotland, you might not fully appreciate the pressure under which he has to work. Nothing will be a surprise to him."

Source: BBC_Sport