Scotland step up new manager search
The Scottish FA have reportedly drawn up a six-man shortlist as they step up their search for Alex McLeish’s successor.
McLeish’s second spell in charge of Scotland was brought to an end last week after the Scottish FA decided to part ways with the 60-year-old off the back of their defeat to Kazakhstan and unconvincing victory over San Marino in Euro 2020 qualifying.
With the next international break not coming until the beginning of June, there is no immediate rush to appoint a successor although reports say the SFA board met over the Easter weekend to draw up a shortlist believed to include six names.
Steve Clarke is believed to be on that list after pulling up trees with Kilmarnock this season and he has previously suggested that it would be an ‘honour’ to manage Scotland.
Jack Ross has also indicated in the past that he would be interested in the position and he is another name believed to be on the shortlist following his impressive work at St Mirren and Sunderland over recent seasons.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes are also believed to be under consideration, while the two other names on the shortlist – Scot Gemmill and Malky Mackay – are considered more as potential interim appointments for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Belgium in June.
Gemmill is currently Scotland’s Under-21 coach, while Mackay works as the SFA’s performance director.