Scotland planning Wilmots talks

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According to reports in Scotland, former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is in the frame to be the next Scotland boss.

According to reports in Scotland, former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is in the frame to be the next Scotland boss.

The 50-year-old has been out of work since 2017 after leaving his role as Ivory Coast manager.

Wilmots enjoyed a successful spell while in charge of Belgium, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup but his team’s failure to win Euro 2016 cost him his job after they also crashed out in the last eight.

The Jodoigne-born tactician spent four seven years with Belgium, three as assistant boss and four as coach and Scotland chiefs believe he could be the ideal replacement for Alex McLeish.

McLeish was sacked last month after just 14 months in the hot-seat, winning just five matches during that time.

The Scottish Football Association plan to sit down with Wilmots in the coming days but he is currently the leading candidate, with Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke and Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes also in the running.

If he takes the job, he will get the chance to return home in May, with Scotland set to play Belgium in the Euro 2020 qualifiers in Brussels on May 11.

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