‘Craig Brown was a wonderful man’: Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to former Scotland manager

‘Craig Brown was a thoroughly wonderful man’: Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to former Scotland manager after he died aged 82

  • Former Scotland manager Craig Brown has passed away at the age of 82 
  • Brown managed Scotland for eight years between 1993 and 2001 
  • He led his country to their last World Cup back in 1998 in France

Sir Alex Ferguson led the tributes on Monday to Craig Brown, the last manager to guide Scotland to a World Cup, after his death at the age of 82.

Brown was Scotland boss from 1993 to 2001, securing qualification for Euro ’96 and the France ’98 World Cup. He was on Ferguson’s staff at the 1986 World Cup and Andy Roxburgh’s in 1990.

The nation’s longest-serving manager was surrounded by close family members when he died at University Hospital in Ayr yesterday after a short illness.

A statement from Ferguson read: ‘Craig Brown was a thoroughly wonderful man and my thoughts are with his family. When I was given the honour of managing Scotland at the World Cup finals in Mexico, there was one man I had to take, for all his attributes and knowledge; that was Craig.

‘In an industry that questions a man’s capabilities, Craig never wavered in that situation, he always kept his head and his composure. Well done Broon!’

Sir Alex Ferguson led the tributes on Monday to Craig Brown after his death at the age of 82

Sir Alex Ferguson led the tributes on Monday to Craig Brown after his death at the age of 82

He managed Scotland for 70 matches across eight years between 1993 and 2001

He managed Scotland for 70 matches across eight years between 1993 and 2001

Current Scotland boss Steve Clarke added: ‘Craig led the way in bringing sustained qualification to the men’s national team.

‘He was a student of the game and I am proud to say that I followed in his footsteps by taking a Scotland team back to a major tournament. The thoughts of the players and my backroom staff go to Craig’s family and friends at this difficult time.’

SFA president Mike Mulraney said Brown deserved to be bracketed with a golden generation of Scottish managerial greats including Ferguson, Jock Stein, Walter Smith and Jim McLean.

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