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BIG ECK ON BRINK, MOYES LINKED

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WITH the axe poised to fall on under-pressure Scotland manager Alex McLeish, there are already candidates being named as possible successors.

The international gaffer is in the firing line after two insipid displays as the country kicked off the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign a week ago today.

The team collapsed to an embarrassing 3-0 loss to a Kazakhstan side rated 117th in the world. They were two goals adrift inside 10 minutes and couldn’t pull back from the brink of disaster.

That was followed by an unimpressive 2-0 victory over San Marino, officially the worst nation in football.

Sixty-year-old McLeish has been looking increasingly haunted in recent days and with the Tartan Army threatening a boycott the team and chanting “Sack The Board” throughout the weekend tie in Rimini, the SFA are now likely to take dramatic action and sack the team boss.

The experienced coach, who has been in charge at Rangers, Hibs, Motherwell, Birmingham City and Aston Villa among others, won only five out of 12 games during his second spell as international supremo.

Former Manchester United gaffer David Moyes has opened the door to managing the Scots national outfit.

Having been out of management since the end of last season after leaving West Ham, the ex-Celtic defender has revealed that he would be open to managing his country, but did stress that he sees his future in the club game as opposed to the international stage.

OH, NO…Stuart Armstrong winces after a miss against San Marino while Ryan Fraser looks on.

Moyes, 55, speaking to the BBC, admitted: “Club football would be my choice, but Scotland’s my country and I’m really passionate.

“The Scotland job is difficult for anybody because there’s great expectation. I don’t think there’s any one way we can fix it. I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve got some ideas and thoughts.

“There are many things we’re not doing in Scotland, we’ve chosen to bring in lots of foreign players, and cheap foreign players, and maybe a lot of the young Scottish players are not getting the opportunities.

“We need to see if we can find a solution to develop more players, but we’re not going to do it in two or four years, it’s a 10 or 15-year plan.”

Moyes has also been linked with the Celtic job if interim manager Neil Lennon does not get the job on a full-time basis.

The ex-Everton and Real Sociedad coach added: “I would always be interested, but Lenny’s done a brilliant job.

“He’s been there before and the job he’s doing at the moment would warrant being the Celtic manager.”

Former Scots boss Gordon Strachan and Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke have also been mentioned as possible candidates.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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