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Killie boss Clarke coy over chances of national post

 

By Ronnie Esplin

Steve Clarke has ambitions to manage Scotland at "some stage" but refused to be drawn on the possibility of becoming the successor to Alex McLeish.

The Scottish Football Association are on the hunt for a new national team boss after McLeish was sacked on Thursday.

Kilmarnock manager Clarke is among the favourites to be his replacement and ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Aberdeen today, he was asked if he has a desire to manage the national team.

He said: "Yes, at some stage. Whether it is now or not is a matter for you guys to talk about and speculate. I am fully focused on finishing the season well here at Kilmarnock.

"I don't speculate. I know how football works. I am fully focused."

Clarke confirmed he has had no contact from the SFA and did say that he would "at this moment in time, probably" prefer working day-to-day at club level rather than with an international side.

The former West Brom manager also stated that any decision he makes about his future at the end of the season would probably involve "personal life against professional life, that's the biggest decision I have to make".

The former Scotland defender said: "Whether (the SFA) get in touch or not will be down to them.

"They will do their due diligence. They will get their list of candidates and then they have to decide what to do.

"It is not that long ago since the Scotland job was available, they didn't speak to me then so I have no reason to think they will speak to me now.

"I am sad for Alex. He is a good man. He was very enthusiastic about the job."

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