Who could replace Gordon Strachan as Scotland boss?

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The Scottish Football Association’s search for a national team boss continues after long-term target Michael O’Neill decided to remain with Northern Ireland.

The SFA had hoped to entice the former Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers boss to Hampden Park but will now have to look elsewhere for a replacement for Gordon Strachan who departed after a failed 2018 Word Cup campaign.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five possible candidates for the vacant post.

Alex McLeish

Could Alex McLeish return to the Scotland hot seat? (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Could Alex McLeish return to the Scotland hot seat? (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The former Scotland boss’ name has again come to the fore with the bookmakers. His first stint with the national team in 2007 saw him take charge of just 10 games but it produced seven wins, including the famous 1-0 win over France in Paris.

The former Rangers boss went on to win the League Cup with Birmingham City, but subsequent spells in charge at Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Belgian outfit Genk and Egyptian Premier League club Zamalek have not been quite so fruitful.

Out of work at the moment and having indicated his interest recently, McLeish will surely be considered.

Steve Clarke

 Steve Clarke has impressed as Kilmarnock manager (Jeff Holmes/PA)
Steve Clarke has impressed as Kilmarnock manager (Jeff Holmes/PA)

The former West Brom and Reading boss has impressed since taking over at Kilmarnock in October.

The Rugby Park club were languishing at the wrong end of the Ladbrokes Premiership but Clarke has since guided them into the top half of the table.

The former St Mirren, Chelsea and Scotland defender, named Premiership manager of the month for December, has worked with some of the biggest names in football including Jose Mourinho, Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge from three decades down south.

Derek McInnes

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes once again among Scotland candidates (Ian Rutherford/PA)
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is once again among the Scotland candidates (Ian Rutherford/PA)

The Aberdeen boss revealed his bond with the Granite City club by rejecting the chance to join Sunderland and former club Rangers.

McInnes has been at Pittodrie since 2013 and while winning only the 2014 League Cup, the Dons have been Celtic’s biggest challengers, losing both major cup finals last season and also finishing up runners-up to the Hoops in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The former St Johnstone and Bristol City boss has the required experience but whether he would want to make the move into national team management at 46 is another story.

Slaven Bilic

Could Slaven Bilic be the man to replace Gordon Strachan? (John Walton/PA)
Could Slaven Bilic be the man to replace Gordon Strachan? (John Walton/PA)

The 49-year-old from Split is available and would be an easy sell to the Tartan Army.

Bilic took Croatia to the quarter-finals of the 2008 European Championships and qualified them for the tournament four years later.

Spells with Lokomotiv Moscow, Besiktas and West Ham followed and he was sacked by the London club in November but an impressive international record would be of more importance to the SFA and the Scotland fans.

Malky Mackay

Malky Mackay was ruled out of Scotland job but could he be back in? (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Malky Mackay was ruled out of Scotland job but could he be back in? (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The former Watford, Cardiff and Wigan manager is, of course, already on the SFA payroll, having been appointed to the Hampden performance director post in December 2016.

He was in charge for Scotland’s friendly against Holland at Pittodrie in November but before the game was ruled out of the job by SFA chief executive Stewart Regan.

However, the situation has changed and Mackay may yet be a name to be discussed.



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