Strachan backed to be next Scotland manager

Gordon Strachan has been publicly backed to replace Craig Levein as the next manager of Scotland.

Strachan has been made the favourite to succeed Levein, who was sacked on Monday evening after a disastrous start to World Cup qualification for Brazil 2014, but has not commented on the possibility of him taking the role.

However, according to the Guardian, former Scotland manager Alex McLeish, said to be another contender for the job, has backed the former Celtic, Middlesbrough and Coventry manager to take the reins at Hampden Park, as well as distancing himself from the role.

I left the national team to take up club football, I felt I was missing the day-to-day stuff,” said McLeish, who is currently out of work after being sacked by Aston Villa in the summer.

Gordon Strachan is a pretty good candidate to me. He’s had success at club level with Celtic,” the ex-Rangers boss added.

Strachan has also been supported by Scottish central defender Gary Caldwell, who played under the 55-year-old at Celtic.

I had three good years with him at Celtic and he achieved great things there,” said the Wigan defender. “He’s been out of management for a while and I’m sure he will be hungry. I think he is a guy who will come with a real passion and do well for Scotland.

Scotland are currently bottom of Group A with only two points from four matches and will be led by Under-21 manager Billy Stark for next week’s friendly with Luxembourg.

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