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McInnes heads frontrunners after McLeish's Scotland exit


Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes

By Gavin McCafferty

Derek McInnes claims most coaches would love to lead their country but the Aberdeen boss refused to be drawn on his own aspirations in the wake of Alex McLeish's sacking as Scotland manager.

McInnes is among the bookmakers' favourites to succeed McLeish after leading Aberdeen to four consecutive runners-up finishes in Scotland.

When asked whether the national job was an attractive prospect, the 47-year-old said: "I think it depends on where you are in your career but managing your country would have to be up there with the majority of managers as some sort of ambition at some point.

"But literally half an hour ago I found out about big Alex and I think it's the time to show our sympathies towards him.

"Whoever goes in would be aware of the scrutiny and pressures of the job but also the rewards.

"It's that risk and reward, the reward for qualifying for a tournament would be fantastic for a manager and I think there's good talent in the squad.

"This campaign isn't over yet and that's what I am disappointed with, that Alex has not had the chance to see it through."

Among the frontrunners for the job is former Manchester United boss David Moyes.

Scott Gemmill, Steve Clarke, Malky Mackay and Sam Allardyce have also been linked with the role.

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