Inside Tommy Docherty’s affair with Man Utd physio’s wife which got him sacked

Tommy Docherty’s time as Manchester United manager came to a dramatic end back in 1977 after his affair became public.

News broke on New Year’s Eve of the Old Trafford legend sadly dying at the age of 92.

And mourning United fans have been reflecting on his time in charge of their beloved club.

Docherty has a solid reputation with supporters for the football he had United playing during his five years in charge.

While they did suffer relegation during his reign, they also returned to the top flight and went on to win an FA Cup final against Liverpool.

Docherty, who left his job at Scotland manager to take the United role, left Old Trafford in a much better state than they were in when he arrived, although they struggled in years after.

But it was his departure that many older fans will remember most from those days at United.

The Scot had an extramarital affair with the wife of a United physiotherapist, Laurie Brown.

And the relationship with Brown’s wife Mary became public knowledge while Docherty was manager, leaving the boss in hot water.

Docherty was a married father of four children at the time, and he was ultimately sacked for misconduct following a mountain of pressure in the press.

United’s board had little choice but to terminate Docherty’s contract amid the blaze of publicity.

The press-led moral onslaught engulfed the club at the time and was a disaster for United, who had been brought of a slump by Docherty and his flamboyant style.

Their 2-1 FA Cup triumph at Wembley over European champions Liverpool had come just two months before Docherty was dismissed.

Docherty was replaced at Old Trafford by Dave Sexton – the same man who had replaced him at Chelsea.

His affair also resulted in the end of his marriage to Agnes, who had been his wife since December 1949.

After the collapse of his first marriage, Docherty only had regular contact with son Mick out of his four children he had with Agnes.

After marrying Mary Brown, he had two more children – daughters Grace and Lucy – who were born during the 1980s.

Docherty famously remarked he became 'the only manager sacked for falling in love' and that there were no regrets because Mary was worth '20 Man Uniteds'.

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