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‘SFA WRONG TO DITCH STRACHAN’, LAMBERT

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PAUL LAMBERT has questioned the decision by the SFA to let Gordon Strachan leave as manager. The 60-year-old was told that he and his assistant Mark McGhee would not have their contracts renewed in a meeting on Thursday; however, Lambert has said that Strachan was the ideal man for Scotland.

Lambert, speaking to BBC Scotland, was complimentary of the work of the former-Celtic manager in his capacity as national boss.

“I don’t think it’s right Gordon left, whether through his own accord or other things. I think he was doing great, the national team was on a high.”

“The last 14 points out of 18 was great form, the lads were excellent in those last few games,” added Lambert. “It was just the start of the campaign that hurt them.

“The momentum is there and I thought Gordon would have stayed on, I never saw that coming.

“I thought they had the ideal man.”

Lambert has been linked with the job already after leaving Wolves at the start of the summer and his calibre as a player and manager could be exactly what the SFA are looking for. Although, he has refused to be drawn into any speculation about the job.

“Scotland is my country, I had great times playing with some great players for Scotland, working for great managers. I really enjoyed my time there but it’s not something I’ve thought about, as someone losing their job is not nice.

“There have been one or two things that I’ve actually turned down already, and once I know I’m ready to come back then I’ll come back. This time out has been great for me as I go round different clubs in Germany and look at what they are doing.

“I’ve come over to watch teams train here and that’s important for me.”

Lambert was happy, however, to discuss what attributes the ideal candidate should possess if he is to break the major tournament taboo that has lasted nearly twenty years.

“The most important thing for me is you try to get the best guy that understands the Scottish culture, the way it works, the Scottish league.

“Whoever it is has got to have a knowledge of what’s in Scotland and what’s in England. It’s important they have that background.”

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