Smith’s bat­tle on Ever­ton in­vest­ments

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

Ex-Rangers boss Wal­ter Smith has launched a court bid to claw back cash in­vested dur­ing his time as an English Premier League man­ager.

The 69-year- old Ibrox leg­end has started pro­ceed­ings against high-pro­file fi­nan­cial ex­pert Neil Cais­ley at the Court of Ses­sion.

For­mer Scot­land man­ager Smith is su­ing him over money paid into a pen­sion fund while he was in charge of Ever­ton in the 90s.

Cais­ley de­scribes him­self as a fi­nan­cial ad­viser and his page on busi­ness net­work­ing site LinkedIn listed Smith among high- prof i le ex-play­ers and man­agers de­scribed as his clients.

They in­cluded strik­ers Dun­can Fer­gu­son, An­drei Kanchel­skis, Ian Wright and Paulo Wan­chope.

Cais­ley’s page also cited ex- Eng­land boss Glenn Hod­dle, for­mer Liver­pool man­ager Ger­ard Houl l ier and Stoke City supremo Mark Hughes among his high-pro­file cus­tomers.

The site was al­tered last week to re­move the names of in­di­vid­u­als in­clud­ing Smith.

In­stead, Cais­ley ’ s client list was de­scribed as a “bank of pro­fes­sional foot­ballers and man­agers and HNW ( high net worth) clients”.

Smith decl ined to com­ment on the case, which was listed last week at the court in Ed­in­burgh. It is un­der­stood an­other man is also be­ing pur­sued by him.

A source said: “Two in­di­vid­u­als are be­ing pur­sued, Mr Cais­ley and an­other man, who did some work for him on his pen­sion when he was at Ever­ton. It’s money Wal­ter feels he’s due in re­la­tion to that pe­riod in his ca­reer.”

Cais­ley, 59, of Cod­i­cote, Hert­ford­shire, was un­avail­able for com­ment last week.

The law firm in­volved in his ac­tion, Drum­mond Miller, also de­clined to com­ment.

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