Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Stephen Craigan: Dithering Scots may struggle to attract top boss

The worst kept secret in Scotland became public knowledge last week when Craig Levein was relieved off his duties as manager of the Scottish national side.

Having only won three of his 12 competitive games in charge the negative publicity surrounding his position meant it was only a matter of time before he was sacrificed.

I think it’s now a case of who actually wants it and not who the SFA want. The treatment Craig received from the national media coupled with the deplorable way the SFA delayed an announcement on his future will have made possible candidates think twice about the position.

Gordon Strachan is the preferred choice for fans; Walter Smith has been mooted as has Kenny Dalglish, so there’s certainly plenty of quality available but do they want it?

The question is can the SFA convince their number one target to take the post and lead from the front, unlike themselves over the last few painful weeks?

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