Next Scotland manager tips
FootyOn’s Scottish football expert gives next Scotland manager tips as Gordon Strachan’s leaves his post as boss.
After a slow start to their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, Strachan’s side finally started to collect points, but it came too late.
After fans begged the wee man to stray away from his tired, old guard line-ups and introduce new talent, his eventual inclusion of Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong wasn’t enough.
In fact, the likes of Barrie McKay, Ryan Fraser, Callum McGregor, Callum Paterson and Liam Lindsay barely received a sniff, despite absolutely deserving caps.
So it begs the question, after two failed qualifying campaigns under Strachan, which new face deserves to be in the dugout?
In light of the recent failure and departure, we’ve looked at next Scotland manager tips…
With failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, Euro 2016 and now the 2018 World Cup, Strachan leaves Scotland facing a manager search.
Perfect timing for jobless Moyes, and a change in tack by the Scottish FA perhaps?
Replacing an often buoyant and enthusiastic Strachan, with a funereal husk of what used to be a respected Moyes.
No doubt this is one of the former Everton man’s dream jobs but, with three straight failures after leaving Goodison Park, you get the sense his traumatic tenure at Man Utd may have sucked the life out of a manager that reached his peak and was unable to make it at elite level.
A younger, more fresh choice would revitalise interest in the Scottish national team, and that’s where our next candidate comes in.
Using youth players in his Aberdeen side, McInnes would hopefully bring the same enthusiasm to give youngsters a chance on international duty.
Scott Wright, given his first-team debut by the manager when he was just 16 in 2014, is a young bright talent and hit a hat-trick against Partick Thistle last term.
Cammy Smith handed his debut at 18, and Dons captain Ryan Jack, at 21, were both key members for the Scottish Premiership runners-up last season.
For Scotland, it would hopefully mean caps for Jason Cummings, Ryan Christie, John McGinn and Oliver Burke (continuing to progress in youth internationals), amongst the other names mentioned earlier that all deserve their shot.
For a side in dire need of a boost and a breath of fresh air, McInnes is the perfect man, but the Scottish FA would need to pay Aberdeen compensation.
Currently Performance Director of the SFA and trying to rebuild his reputation after controversies south of the border is Mackay.
The Bellshill-born former Norwich City defender has a promotion to the Premier League to his name with Cardiff City, and only lost the 2011/12 EFL Cup final to Liverpool on penalties.
At present, Mackay is responsible for overseeing the development of young players, but could he be tempted back to management?
The only man on the shortlist to have managed the national side before, McLeish won seven of 10 matches while in charge of Scotland in 2007, before leaving the Tartan Army to join Birmingham City where he was relegated twice – though lifted the League Cup against Arsenal in a famous win.
After stellar work at both Hibernian and Rangers, he was appointed Scotland boss in 2007 and faced a tough World Cup qualifying group featuring then-holders Italy and France.
Though Scotland missed out, the campaign featured one of the nation’s greatest ever wins, a 1-0 victory of France at the Parc des Princes thanks to a James McFadden wonder-strike.
McLeish featured in three World Cup squads as a player and even captained the country, but will the SFA go back to their former man?
Another man to have played in a World Cup and captained the Tartan Team, Lambert’s work at Norwich often goes underrated and he inherited an awful side at Aston Villa.
The Champions League winner has two promotions to his name as manager and would likely jump at the chance to manage Scotland.
A outside shout could be Clarke, a man that guided West Bromwich Albion to their highest-ever Premier league finish, but was a victim of his own success the following season and sacked as a result.
An interesting character after working with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Scotland will hope a little of the Manchester United manager’s magic will have rubbed off on Clarke if they opt for him.
However, his career win percentage as a boss is a bleak 33.3.