It has finally happened; Craig Levein has been removed from his position as head coach of the Scotland National football team. While some may not be pleased with the decision, Charlie Adam for one has already vented his frustration on the matter; the fact remains that results were not good enough.
His position seemed to be in doubt from the moment he played a 4-6-0 formation against the Czech Republic and after a poor start to the World Cup Qualifying campaign the time has finally come to say a bonny farewell to the former Dundee United gaffer and start looking toward the future of Scottish football.
Alex McLeish has already ruled himself out of the position and the appointment of Mark Wotte, the Dutch technical director with the SFA, would surely be met with widespread condemnation by the Tartan Army. There is little doubt that the Scotland job is for a Scot; just ask Bertie Vogts.
So who could take up the helm?
During the recent game with Belgium some disillusioned Scottish fans held a ’Strachan SOS’ banner above their heads. There is a clear desire from many Scots to see the 50-cap man at the helm and considering his excellent managerial pedigree at Coventry City, Southampton and Celtic the poor performances at Middlesbrough would be forgiven for this fan favourite.
Currently out of work after losing his job as first-team coach at Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Affectionately known as ‘Jaws’ he has previously managed clubs from Hearts to Stoke City but has not held a managerial job since 1997 so may be considered to rusty for the role.
Would be an excellent appointment as he has worked wonders with Watford and Cardiff City however considering the clamour for somebody experienced and the fact a sizeable compensation package would have to be paid out this again seems an unlikely proposition right now.
Possibly one of the best managers of the past 20 years Walter Smith’s achievements with Rangers and with the national side were tremendous. Will the 64-year-old fancy such a difficult challenge at his age? Knowing Walter Smith you can put your money on it.
Has performed a decent job with the under-21s since 2008 and could make the step up to the national side. However it is not the big name many fans will crave.
Sir Kenny Dalglish
Names do not come much bigger than this. While his surprise stint at Liverpool last season was perhaps not successful in the league there is no doubt he clearly knows how to manage for one-off games as good as anybody else. His credentials are limitless and two domestic finals last year just add weight to his claim to the throne. Surely the chance to lead out his nation as his final hurrah in football would be impossible to turn down for ‘King Kenny’.
Other options include Owen Coyle, Graeme Souness, Tony Mowbray, Steve Kean, Stuart McCall, John Collins and many, many more ….
So who do you want to take over as the new manager of the Scotland national football team?