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WALTER SMITH THE GREATEST RANGERS MANAGER SIGNS OFF WITH A THIRD SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE IN A ROW

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Walter Smith has had two hugely successful spells as Rangers boss

Walter Smith has had two hugely successful spells as Rangers boss

BY JOHN GUBBA

Walter Smith is arguably the greatest Rangers manager of all time and his achievements at Ibrox – crowned by another Scottish Premier League title  – make him one of the most successful bosses in world football.

A born and bred Rangers supporter who used to travel from his home in Carmyle in Glasgow’s East End to follow the team, he lived the ultimate dream. He was brought to the Club by Graeme Souness as assistant manager in 1986 and was at the hub of the renaissance of Rangers.

In his first spell as manager between 1991 and 1998 he led Rangers to a remarkable haul of 13 major trophies which included the Treble, the Double twice and, of course, 9 in a Row.

Arguably his second spell between 2007 and 2011 is even more impressive, winning seven major trophies and he also led Rangers to the UEFA Cup final in 2008.

Smith bowed out in style on today’s final day of the season as Rangers gave him the perfect send-off, wrapping up a third consecutive SPL title with a convincing 5-1 win at Kilmarnock.

Walter Smith’s farewell three in a row began with the SPL title win in 2009 that ended Celtic’s previous dominance

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WEST HAM RELEGATED BY AMAZING WIGAN FIGHTBACK: BUT YOU CAN BLAME BOARD FOR DECLINE NOT JUST ‘IMPOSTER’ GRANT

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SACKED: Avram Grant Millwall legend. West Ham relegated and rival fans poke fun at Hammers boss who lost relegation fight and job

SACKED: Avram Grant Millwall legend. West Ham relegated and rival fans poke fun at Hammers boss who lost relegation fight and job

BY JOHN GUBBA

The future of West Ham United has never looked bleaker because David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady have brought the clubs to its knees – and if ever there was a time to sack the board this is it.

A remarkable comeback by Wigan from 2 goals down to relegate the Hammers with a stunning 3-2 win that was completed by Charles N’Zogbia hitting a dramatic injury-time winner put the final nail in the coffin. But the West Ham decline began when the two Davids bought the club.

It all started when the ex-Birmingham spivs  sacked manager Gianfranco Zola, brought in Avram Grant – and then undermined their new manager when Karren Brady made a botched attempt to bring in Martin O’Neill. And don’t get me started on the folly of quitting Upton Park to move to the Olympic Stadium – a move which the vast majority of Hammers fans do not want to make.

Avram Grant embarrassed and sacked by Hammers within minutes of being relegated

Avram Grant embarrassed and sacked by Hammers within minutes of being relegated

To rub in West Ham’s woe the club’s shambolic end of season was held up to ridcule when a light aircraft flew over the DW Stadium as the Hammers were being relegated with a banner proclaiming: “Avram Grant Millwall legend.” And rival fans have flooded Twitter and Facebook with a barrage of mickey taking including the photoshopped image of him wearing a Millwall shirt  featured above.

This really is rock bottom for the East Enders and the former Chelsea manager. And Grant’s fate was confirmed within minutes of the Hammers being relegated when his immediate departure from the club was confirmed. First-team coach Kevin Keen will take charge for the final game of the season at home to Sunderland.

Wigan delight: Conor Sammon celebrates making it 2-2

Wigan delight: Conor Sammon celebrates making it 2-2

With so many errors of judgement by the board, it would be wrong to put the blame on Grant.The Hammers boss has been extremely dignified in the way he has conducted himself, despite the shameful way he has been treated by Brady Gold and Sullivan. But the news from inside the club is that the Israeli failed to bring the best out of his players who nicknamed him ‘the imposter’.

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MANCHESTER IS THE NEW MILAN: A CITY UNITED AS THE CENTRE OF THE FOOTBALLING UNIVERSE. CAN LIVERPOOL STRIKE BACK?

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A City United by a unique League and Cup double on the same day - but what a disgrace that the Premier League trophy was not presented to the Reds. Were they worried this would eclipse City's FA Cup win

A City United by a unique League and Cup double on the same day – but what a disgrace that the Premier League trophy was not presented to the Reds. Were they worried this would eclipse City’s FA Cup win

BY JOHN GUBBA

Welcome to the dawning of a new era with the City of Manchester now well and truly the centre of the footballing universe. And mark my words this is great news for United because there is nothing like a new challenge to keep you on your toes.

In case you needed a reminder the United are still the top dog, it was sweet irony that once again United eclipsed City on the day Roberto Mancini’s men claimed their first trophy in 35 years.

As City beat Stoke 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup thanks to Yaya Toure’s late strike, United fans were already back in Manchester celebrating another Premier League triumph and a record-breaking 19th League title courtesy of their 1-1 draw at Blackburn secured by Wayne Rooney’s penalty.

Does anyone doubt Rooney's dedication to Man Utd now? After scoring the penalty that clinched the Reds' 19th Premier League title win, Wazza celebrated in bizarre fashion by shaving the number '19' into his chest and posting a photograph of it on Twitter.

Does anyone doubt Rooney’s dedication to Man Utd now? After scoring the penalty that clinched the Reds’ 19th Premier League title win, Wazza celebrated in bizarre fashion by shaving the number ’19′ into his chest and posting a photograph of it on Twitter.

But this was a day for Manchester to be United in celebration. Not just because the City can proudly boast the unique feat of winning two trophies on the same day. It is great for Manchester to be the undisputed Mecca of fooball. Even Milan can no longer match the glamour of England’s hotbed of football. And the odds are that the new intensity is here to stay.

I remember the end of the 60s when United and City last dominated football in this country. It was great for both clubs. And this time that great rivalry can last much longer than it did back in the days of Best, Law, Charlton and Lee, Bell, Summerbee.

With Liverpool getting their act together under the legendary Kenny Dalglish, what are the odds on the North-West giants occupying the top three positions in the Premier League next season and eclipsing the fading stars of Chelsea and Arsenal.

My bet is that Sir Alex Ferguson’s record-breakers will face a rejuvenated challenge from Liverpool next season as the Merseysiders seek to match United’s 19th League title. When Chelsea frivolously handed the Pool £50million for Fernando Torres Dalglish invested the money wisely and now has a good mix of established stars and exciting upcoming youngsters.

But the real fascination will be how much ground can neighbours City make up on Fergie’s champions after ending their 35 year wait for a trophy to add to their qualification for the Champions League.

There is no doubt City must spend another vast fortune if they want to rival the Reds at the top table. But that will be harder said than done despite their untold riches and their Champions League status.

The reason is the introduction of UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play rules.

Michel Platini has warned that the likes of big-spending Manchester City and Chelsea, and some of Europe’s biggest clubs, will have to ‘face the music’ if they do not comply with the new FFP regulations.

UEFA’s latest figures show that financial problems affecting European clubs are getting worse, with spending on player wages up almost 10 per cent – and increasing at a faster rate than income.

Under their new rules, clubs will face possible bans from European competition from the 2014/15 season if they spend more than they earn in the three years before.

Sir Alex Ferguson hugs Ryan Giggs as United celebrate record 19th title - both have won an unprecedented 12 Premier League trophies

Sir Alex Ferguson hugs Ryan Giggs as United celebrate record 19th title – both have won an unprecedented 12 Premier League trophies

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Can Liverpool strike back? Kenny Dalglish with Andy Carroll (left) and Luis Suarez

Can Liverpool strike back? Kenny Dalglish with Andy Carroll (left) and Luis Suarez