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Full name  Barry Martin Smith
1991–1995  Celtic
Current team  Aldershot Town F.C.
Place of birth  Paisley, Scotland
Name  Barry Smith
Position  Defender
Playing position  Defender
Role  Football player
Date joined  1995
Years  Team
Height  1.78 m

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Date of birth  (1974-02-19) 19 February 1974 (age 41)

Barry Smith (born 19 February 1974 in Paisley) is a Scottish football player and manager, who is currently the manager of Raith Rovers. Smith played in the right back, centre back, and defensive midfielder roles for Celtic, Dundee, Valur, Partick Thistle, Greenock Morton and Brechin City. Smith was admitted into Dundee's Hall of Fame having made 400 appearances for the club.

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Smith played on loan for Brechin City while managing the Dundee under-19 side. He became Dundee first team manager in October 2010, when the club had entered financial administration. During this period, Smith led the team to a club record 23-game unbeaten streak in the league. He has since managed Alloa Athletic, Aldershot Town and East Fife.

Celtic

Smith began his career with Scottish Premier League side Celtic. He made his début aged 17 and played 22 games, including two Old Firm matches, between 1991 and 1995.

Dundee

Smith never gained a regular place at Celtic Park and joined fellow Scottish side Dundee in August 1995. He quickly established himself in the team at right-back and was made club captain in 1997, the same year Dundee achieved promotion to the Premier Division. After playing with the Dens Park side for ten-and-a-half seasons, Smith reached his testimonial year. He also took on the role of joint caretaker manager (with Bobby Mann) for the final two games of the 2005–2006 season following the dismissal of Alan Kernaghan.

Valur

At the end of the 2005–2006 season, Smith transferred to Icelandic outfit Valur, helping them to third place (in 2006) and winning (in 2007) the Icelandic Premier Division, their first championship in 20 years.

Partick Thistle and Greenock Morton

During the Icelandic close season, Smith was loaned back to Scottish clubs. In January 2007, he joined Partick Thistle, making 18 appearances and scoring one goal, while in January 2008 he joined Greenock Morton, making 5 appearances until he underwent a cartilage operation which kept him out for the rest of the season.

Return to Dundee

On 4 November 2008, Smith returned to Dundee as U19 coach, with his registration as a player following in January, whereupon he was loaned out to neighbours Brechin City, with the ability to be recalled at any time. Brechin City's status as a part-time team enabled Smith to continue in his role as U19 Coach at Dens Park.

Dundee

On 15 October 2010, Smith was appointed manager of Dundee. He succeeded Gordon Chisholm, who had been made redundant after the club entered administration. Smith led the team to a club record unbeaten league streak of 23 games, guiding Dundee to safety despite the team receiving a 25-point deduction for entering administration for the second time in seven years (confirmed after a 0–1 win away to Ross County). This was rewarded, on 10 May 2011, when Smith signed a new three-year deal at Dundee, contracting him as manager until the end of the 2013–14 season.

Despite finishing second in the 2011–12 Scottish First Division, Dundee were admitted to the Scottish Premier League due to the liquidation of Rangers. Dundee struggled in the early part of the 2012–13 Scottish Premier League, winning three out of 22 matches. Despite this, the Dundee board restated their backing for Smith, citing the difficulty in adjusting to the SPL in unusual circumstances. However, just 47 days later, Smith and Dundee parted company. His sacking was criticised by St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas, believing Smith deserved another chance.

Alloa

On 1 July 2013, Smith joined Ross County as the club's Under-20s coach. In January 2014, Smith was appointed manager of Scottish Championship club Alloa Athletic. He guided Alloa to the final of the 2014–15 Scottish Challenge Cup. Alloa defeated Rangers in the semi-final, with Smith noting the fact he had become the first Alloa manager to win a match against Rangers. Smith said in December 2014 that he hoped to return to a full-time management job. After a run of one win in 13 matches, he resigned as Alloa manager in March 2015.

Aldershot

On 27 April 2015, Aldershot Town appointed Barry Smith as their manager. He resigned a year later after poor results.

East Fife

Smith was appointed manager of Scottish League One club East Fife in December 2016. He left the club on 30 May 2017.

Raith Rovers

After leaving East Fife, Smith took over as manager of recently relegated Scottish League One side Raith Rovers on 30 May 2017.

Managerial statistics

As of 23 September 2017

References

Barry Smith (footballer, born 1974) Wikipedia


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