McLeish declares interest in Crystal Palace job

Alex McLeish has declared his interest in the current vacant managerial role at Crystal Palace, writes Sky Sports.

Ian Holloway agreed to leave the struggling Premier League side having picked up just three points from their opening nine matches, and the former Birmingham, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Scotland manager has shown his interest in filling the vacancy at Selhurst Park.

There hasn’t been any contact yet but I am available as a free agent,” he said. “Crystal Palace are in a position that’s precarious for them but there’s still a lot of points to play for.

I’ve had those kind of challenges before and I’ve had some success and some failures, but if you’ve got a fighting spirit and good players playing to their strengths, then why can’t Palace stay up?

Despite leading the club to promotion last season, Holloway left Palace after admitting he was too tired to become caught up in a Premier League relegation battle.

McLeish has been out of the game since mutually agreeing to leave Nottingham Forest in February, but has been keeping involved in football. He said: “I’ve watched a lot of games, I’ve visited friends who coach abroad and have kept my finger on the pulse. I’m fresh again. I’d like to have a crack at somewhere, maybe even abroad.

McLeish recorded his best win percentage as Scotland manager, but only took charge of 10 games with the national team. The Scot managed just one win in charge of his most recent club at Forest, and left the Championship side after seven matches.

McLeish enjoyed a spell of around five years at Rangers, and controversially made the switch from Birmingham City to rivals Aston Villa in 2011.

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