Smith convinced to stay at Ibrox
Walter Smith has revealed how Ally McCoist persuaded him to remain at Rangers for another year.
The Ibrox boss, 62, admits his desk was cleared and he was ready for retirement until his backroom staff stepped in and prompted a change of heart. McCoist is poised to take over the helm when Smith does quit at the end of the forthcoming campaign but helped convince the veteran boss not to walk away at the end of last season.
Smith said: "I decided to stay after speaking to everyone involved, especially Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowall, Ian Durrant and the other boys as much as anything. They made me change my mind.
"I had emptied my office so I was going. Then we sat down and took into account all the things that were going on at the club. They were happy for me to stay for another year. That affected me more than anything.
"Their enthusiasm was the deciding factor for me. Their impact is more important to me than anyone else because it keeps me going as much as the players."