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Scotland manager shortlist and odds: Who will take the job next?

Assessing some of the names in the frame to replace Craig Levein.

Gordon Strachan and Walter Smith, March 2009.
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With Craig Levein’s time as manager of Scotland coming to an end, the potential candidates for the role are being weighed up by the Scottish FA.

Former managers, as well as new names to the job, are being speculated upon by fans and media outlets as the search for Scotland’s seventh manager in ten years begins.

Here we consider some of the runners and riders for the Hampden hotseat.

Gordon Strachan – 7/4

The former Celtic and Middlesborough boss is a big favourite with the Tartan Army, who displayed a banner proclaiming “Strachan SOS” during Scotland’s defeat to Belgium last month.

Scotland fans make their choice clear

Strachan, 55, has been out of work since quitting the Riverside Stadium in 2010 following poor run of results on Teeside.

Alex McLeish – 8/1

The 77-times capped Scotland internationalist is statistically the country’s most successful manager, winning seven of the ten games in his time in charge in 2007.

The ex-Hibernian and Rangers manager most recently employed at Aston Villa, where a disasterous 12 months saw him sacked and replaced by Paul Lambert under severe fan pressure.

Walter Smith – 10/1

The veteran former Rangers and Everton boss revived Scotland’s fortunes in the aftermath of Berti Vogts’ reign. Taking charge in 2004, he brought the Scots to the brink of European Championships qualification before quitting to return to Ibrox in 2007.

That decision still rankles with many on the terraces of Hampden, but would the fans be willing to forgive and forget to have 64-year-old Smith back at the helm?

Joe Jordan – 10/1

Though Jordan has not taken charge of a team himself since 1997 when he was in charge of Bristol City, he has carved out an impressing coaching career at Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur alongside Harry Redknapp.

The former Hearts manager would be a popular choice with the fans due to his all-action style as a player, no-nonsense attitude and heavyweight tactical reputation.

Owen Coyle – 12/1

Recently relieved of his duties at Bolton Wanderers, Coyle won swathes of admirers for leading the Lancashire club through the traumatic period of Fabrice Muamba’s on-pitch collapse.

On the field, Coyle set St Johnstone on the road to promotion to the SPL then led Burnley to promotion south of the border.

The Paisley-born Republic of Ireland internationalist is currently being linked with the vacancy at Blackpool.

Kenny Dalglish – 20/1

A living legend for Scotland, Dalglish made an unexpected comeback to management in 2011 when he took over from Roy Hodgson at Liverpool. Despite universal backing from Anfield, Dalglish struggled to get the Reds into the Premier League title race and was sacked in the summer of 2012.

In previous spells of management with Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Celtic, Dalglish won four championships, two FA Cups and two league cups.

Billy Stark – 25/1

The current Scotland Under-21 manager takes over the senior side on a temporary basis for the Luxembourg friendly later this month. The 55-year-old has managed at Morton, St Johnstone and Queens Park.

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