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Who Will Be Scotland’s New Manager?

17 November 2009 by gavh

With George Burley rightfully getting the boot as Scotland manager yesterday, it is now time to move forward instead of backwards, as the Scottish Fa will try to appoint the right manager who can take the country in a positive direction. I will look at some of the early front runners, and some outsiders who could well possibly get the all important job.

Craig Levein
Levein is the early front runner for the Scotland job, however if he is appointed will the job be too much to take on? He has had success in the SPL with Hearts and Dundee United and with him doing so well with his current side Dundee United; he has sparked attention from many clubs, and best of all his country Scotland. On the other hand his only spell in England came with Leicester City, and to be honest he didn’t have the best of spells with the Foxes. Levein won twenty of his seventy-two games in charge with Leicester, but lost twenty-six times, calibrating a winning record of 28%. I feel that if Scotland does decide to appoint Levein, it could well be a risk for Scottish Football.


Walter Smith
Scotland could well opt for Walter Smith again, as the former Scotland manager could well take over the reigns at Hampden park for a second time. There are rumours that Walter Smith could well quit the Rangers job, so he can take over the managerial post of his home country. He has also had spells with the Scotland U19 and U21, at the start of his managerial career. It could well prove out to be a good appointment for Scotland, as Walter Smith has had two successive spells with the Gers, and a decent short spell with Scotland which ran over a sixteen game period.


Jim Jefferies
Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies is also in the running, for the Scotland manager’s job. Jefferies has managed his club side Kilmarnock since the year 2002, and it could well be a hard choice to leave his post at Rugby Park. Jefferies is currently the longest serving manager in the Spl, and his CV is pretty good aswell, with Celtic and Rangers running the show in the Scottish League, their are also cup competitions up for grabs. Jim Jefferies has had success in the Scottish Cup with Hearts winning it once. Also he managed his current club Kilmarnock, to the final of the Scottish League Cup in 2007.  He has had success at club level, however if appointed Scotland manager will the job turn out to be a disastrous note to put onto his decent managerial CV?

Gary McAllister
If I was part of the Scottish Board, would I appoint Gary McAllister as the new Scotland manager, erm…NO. McAllister has a Scottish heart, and is defiantly proud to be a Scot. If they do appoint Gary, the former Leeds manager could well lift the spirits in the dressing room; however will it be too much of a task for him. McAllister is very inexperienced on the full time manager front, as he has only managed Coventry and Leeds, one of which only lasted a couple of months, as Leeds decided to part company with him, after a bad run of results. McAllister did reject an offer to join up with the Scotland coaching staff, if he did accept it however, he could well be the front runner for this job. However I think Gary McAllister is too inexperienced to manage his home country.


Darren Ferguson
The younger Ferguson is currently available, after being sacked as the manager of Peterborough over a week ago. Darren Ferguson did have a very successive spell with Peterborough, guiding them to back to back promotions. On the other hand this season wasn’t so good, as he struggled to pick up wins as the gaffer of the Championship club. To be honest I wouldn’t say that is was Darren’s fault that results were not going to plan on the pitch. Anyway I think that Ferguson could well be a good appointment for Scotland, he is a young and hungry manager, and former players have said that he will find another job sometime soon.


Some Other Candidates
Many managers will be linked with the Scotland job, so I will give you a little run down of some outsiders, who could well be appointed manager of the Scottish national team. 

Kenny Dalglish
Could Kenny Dalglish be tempted to take on the reigns of his home country? The Liverpool legend has been out of management for about ten years, but there is no means why he wouldn’t think of returning as a manager, this time for Scotland.

Graeme Souness
Souness has said that you can count him out, of the running for the Scotland job. However bookies still have him at a good price, to take on the managerial reigns for his Country. Souness could well change his mind, but I highly doubt it.

David Moyes
As we all know Moyes has worked wonders with Everton, and maybe he could well be thinking, he has taken the Toffees as far as he can go. David Moyes will probably be the best option for Scotland if they want success, however if Moyes doesn’t leave Everton which I highly doubt, the Scottish Fa would not be able to pay Moyes, and Everton the right amount of money to lure him to the Scotland job.

John Collins
The former Hibernian manager is available, and has declared his interest in taking over as the manager of Scotland. On the other hand, Collins could turn out to be the wrong choice if appointed, as he has very little managerial experience.

Alan Irvine
Irvine is defiantly a name that I would throw into a hat. I think he could well be a good appointment for Scotland, as he has done pretty well as the manager of Preston North End. It is very unlikely that Scotland will appoint him, but he is defiantly worth a look at.


  • rob said:

    Please try and punctuate properly and defiantly should be definitely

  • gavh (author) said:

    I always spell definitely wrong, need to learn how to do that properly haha.

    Apart from that I think its good, might of needed to add some more question marks at the end of lines.

  • admin said:

    Nice article gavh. I’m impressed with the topical features writers have been putting out recently, yours included.

  • rosstheger said:

    Give it to John Collins.

    Good article.

  • d'wheatley said:


    BORA MILUTINOVIC, who ? Take a look at this guys record with useless teams like the jocks 11. Give him a try, you heard it here first.


  • Mathias said:

    Here is a name for you: Lars Lagerbäck

    Ex. Swedish national team coach who recently quit(was not fired unlike most coaches)after 10 years looking for new challenges.


    Took sweden to 5 finals in 6 quialifiers, so he knows how to win with less than perfect players.

    Probably cheap, as sweden coach he earned around £100 000/year.


    He is boring, don’t expect exciting press conferences or barcelona-like play.

  • Bazza said:

    Unbelievable! The SFA approach to Walter Smith – who jumped ship in the middle of a qualifying campaign and specialisises in producing brain numbing negative sides with an isolated lone striker, even in home matches! Just look at the recent European record of his current Rangers team and remember how awful, despite a couple of good results, his last Scotland team were to watch! What an unambitious, unimaginative approach stinking of desparation from an SFA bankrupt of ideas! We must appoint a manager to build a team worth watching or face a future of inevitable decline. One word for Gordon Smith and Co … resign!

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