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ERIKSSON LINK TO SCOTS JOB

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FORMER England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed he would be interested in becoming the next Scotland boss as the SFA step up their hunt for Alex McLeish’s successor, as Scotzine reported yesterday.

The Swede led the English international side to three quarter-finals of major tournaments during his five years in charge.

Craig Brown was the last Scots international gaffer to manage the feat when he took the nation to France for the 1998 World Cup Finals.

Eriksson denied there has been any approach so far from the SFA and says reports linking him with the position have come “out of the blue”, according to Sky Sports News.

However, the 71-year-old coach insists he is still “hungry” to work, having last held a position with the Philippines in January and would welcome talks with SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell.

The Scots supremo is working through a list of preferred candidates and the SFA have already received notes of interest from dozens of candidates across the world.

Alex McLeish was sacked last week after 14 months into his second spell with his country following a poor start to Euro 2020 qualification.

Scotland topped their UEFA Nations League Group during the much-travelled manager’s reign, which secured them a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-off place.

But a shocking 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan, rated 117th in FIFA lists, in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier last month proved to be decisive in the SFA’s decision to fire McLeish after only 14 months in charge with a record of seven losses and five wins from 12 games.

Scotland resume their qualifying campaign against Cyprus at Hampden on June 8 before taking on Belgium in Brussels three days later.

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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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