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5 candidates for the Scotland job

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Scotland is still in the hunt for a new manager after Gordon Strachan resigned. After the former Celtic and Boro boss failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill was touted to make the switch to Scotland. He has now turned down that opportunity. Scotland face a challenge to find the right man.

Here are five potential candidates:

Alex McLeish

The Glasgow-born manager is vastly experienced. He spent the majority of his playing career with Aberdeen and made 77 caps for his country.

He has managed Scotland before. His work caught Birmingham's eye. The Blues snatched him up and he led them to a bittersweet League Cup during a relegated season. McLeish has also managed Motherwell, Hibernian, Rangers, Nottingham Forest, Genk, and Zamalek. There was also the controversial turn with Brimingham's bitter rival Aston Villa.

Having proved himself with Scotland before, many believe he should be the manager again.

Malkay Mackay

The 45-year-old has been placed in interim charge of Scotland. He is now the bookies favourite for the full-time role. Mackay previously managed Watford, Cardiff City and Wigan. He won the Championship title in his first full season in Wales. He was sacked by the Bluebirds during the next campaign after falling out with owner Vincent Tan. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Mackay is a controversial figure. There has been concern over racial text messages attributed to him that were uncovered in 2014. Nevertheless, he has been back in football since with the Latics.

Derek McInnes

The current Aberdeen manager is a man in demand. He has done an excellent job with the Dons in the Scottish Premier League. Championship side Sunderland tried to lure him away in the summer. He turned them down. He is an outsider to become the new manager of Scotland. It would be difficult for the 46-year-old to leave Aberdeen. He has them lodged firmly between the Old Firm in the table and may believe he can do more.

If he does leave, it will likely be to take another crack at English football. McInnes will be Scottish boss in the future but it's far too soon now.

Stuart McCall

The 53-year-old has done a good job with League One side Bradford City, guiding them to the playoff final last season. The Bantams eventually lost out to Millwall in the final. McCall has them back on the Championship path again this season, however. Having previously managed Motherwell and Rangers it's only natural he's been linked with the Scotland job. He has unfinished business with Bradford though.

Cesare Prandelli

The former Italy manager is another outsider. He knows international football well enough having managed the Azzurri for four years. Well traveled, he has been in charge of clubs in several leagues. Atalanta, Parma, Roma, Fiorentina in Serie A. Galatasaray in Turkey. Valencia in Spain. Most recently Al-Nasr in Dubai.

Prandelli has managed over 500 games in his career. He would be a decent coup for Scotland. However, a move for him seems unlikely as the SFA doesn't typically think outside the box. Expect either Mackay or McLeish to land the assignment.

Harry Mail

A big Hull City fan from Manchester. Keep an eye on leagues across Europe, the MLS and non-league in England.

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