McLeish: Scotland spoiled for choice

Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish believes there are numerous strong candidates to succeed Craig Levein as boss.

Last Updated: 13/11/12 at 16:19 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Premier League: Rodgers rules out offloading Balotelli

1 comments

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted Mario Balotelli will not be going out on loan in the January transfer window.

Transfer news: Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists Virgil van Dijk does not want to leave

Post comment

Celtic manager Ronny Deila insists Virgil van Dijk does not want to leave the Scottish Premiership leaders in January.

All Articles

Alex McLeish: Impressed with range of ca

Alex McLeish: Impressed with range of ca

Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish believes there are numerous strong candidates to succeed Craig Levein as boss, including caretaker Billy Stark.

The Scottish Football Association sacked Levein last week after a miserable start to the World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign and Stark, the under-21 boss, will take charge of Wednesday's friendly in Luxembourg.

Joe Jordan, Gordon Strachan and Walter Smith, who was McLeish's predecessor as Scotland boss, have all been mentioned as the next manager, with the SFA to begin the hunt in earnest following the Luxembourg trip.

McLeish, who was speaking at a Positive Coaching Scotland seminar at Hampden Park, said: "We'd need a miracle to get to Brazil now but hopefully the next group of games is going to give us optimism for the following tournament (Euro 2016).

"There's plenty of good candidates to take us forward.

"Gordon fits the bill. People were saying I recommended Joe Jordan the other day, but I mentioned him in the same breath as Gordon.

"I don't know what Walter's feeling is on it, but these are all guys who have definitely got the stature to handle that job.

"I don't know if Billy wants the job. I'm sure if he was asked it would be a different story.

"I'm not so sure Billy would put himself forward for the job.

"But again another good candidate. I brought Billy into the international set-up, knowing what a great coach he was."

McLeish's personal preference is a return to club football after leaving Aston Villa.

"It's not something I'm actively pursuing," he added.

"I feel I've got unfinished business in club football and I still harbour the day-to-day involvement."

McLeish praised Levein for widening the search for talent and incorporating players not previously involved in the Scottish set-up.

The former Rangers and Birmingham boss also believes the playing pool is better than when he was in charge and that they must take some responsibility for Levein's departure.

"I do feel we've got some good talent in the squad and Craig has sown some good seeds for the next manager coming in," McLeish added.

"A lot of them (the players) were stating publicly that they could have done a lot better for Craig.

"If whoever that is can galvanise the players to raise their game a little bit I don't see why we can't start winning international games."

  • Alex McLeish was speaking at a Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) "Success through Effort: Mastery Coaching" seminar at Hampden Park.

    PCS is a cultural change programme designed to create a positive environment for young people in football by teaching them to appreciate the value of effort and learning. Join Scotland captain Darren Fletcher and show your support for the principles of the programme by signing up to the PCS Pledge at www.scottishfa.co.uk


    Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


  • Football365 Facebook Fan Page

    The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

    Footer 365

    Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

    Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

    Rooney Enjoying 'Scholes' Role

    Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is revelling in his position as an attacking central midfielder, after he scored twice in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

    Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha

    Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR.

    Mail Box

    Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

    One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

    Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

    The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

    © 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property