Gothenburg Great Alex McLeish ready to listen to SFA bosses over hot-seat

Gothenburg Great Alex McLeish today confirmed he would talk to the SFA about the vacant Scotland job if they were to contact him.

The SFA are in the hunt for a new manager after Gordon Strachan stepped down by “mutual consent” following the failure to reach the World Cup 2018 play-offs.

McLeish is one of the early names in the frame to take on the role of Scotland boss to lead the bid for the Euro 2020 finals.

The 58-year-old previously managed Scotland during the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

He quit to join Premier League Birmingham City in November 2007 having narrowly missed out on Euro qualification from a group that included World Cup champions Italy and France, the side the Azzurri beat in the World Cup final.

Other names linked to the job are former Manchester United boss Davie Moyes, SFA performance director Malky Mackay, Paul Lambert, Northern Ireland gaffer Michael O’Neill and Dons boss Derek McInnes.

McLeish said: “If you get the phone call to manage your country it is a hard one to turn down. If the call came there would be a few willing candidates out there – and I would more than likely be one of them.”

Aberdeen legend McLeish has the most impressive managerial CV of the names linked to the job so far although other potential candidates will likely emerge.

Capped 77 times, he won two league titles, two Scottish cups and three League Cups as boss of Rangers and led Birmingham City to the League Cup in 2011.

He believes whoever takes over from Strachan will inherit a squad on the up.

He said: “It was a good ending to the campaign which is why I thought Gordon might stay on.

“I thought that might have been down to Gordon but the decision seems to be mutual.

“The campaign finished strongly so the new …read more

Source:: Evening Express – All articles

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