Gordon Strachan is no longer manager of Scotland’s national football team, having left by “mutual consent”.
That means that his position is up for grabs but who should succeed him as manager?
The former Everton boss has struggled since leaving Goodison Park in summer of 2013. Could becoming the manager of his country’s football team revive his career?
One thing that David Moyes can bring with him is international experience, having managed Real Sociedad from November 2014-15.
He however isn’t strong under pressure as shown in his performance as manager of Manchester United (2013-14) and Sunderland (2016-17).
You can’t however doubt his resilience to keep going despite the performance problems. That is probably needed in this job because Scotland can be a up down team, as demonstrated during the recent qualifying campaign.
Ultimately, Moyes is probably a good bet for the job but would the Scottish FA want a manager with poor form in charge?
Malky Mackay is currently working as the SFA’s Performance Director so knows how things run already run.
That would make him the most obvious bet if safe given his knowledge of the team. He will also bring some continuity given his current job looking at player performances, which will be key during the EURO 2020 qualification tournament.
His last managerial role however came with Wigan Athletic for five months meaning that he has been out for over two and a half years.
That has to be a concern because he is probably settled in a backstage role and wouldn’t want a return to the dugout.
In my opinion, he is probably the best bet but will he want it though?
Neil Lennon would be a great contender for the Scotland job given his record at Scottish clubs.
He brought plenty of success to Celtic from 2010-14 and isn’t afraid to be ruthless as shown, particularly in summer of 2010 when he cleared out 16 players who lacked desire.
That quality would serve him well when it comes to selection because if the player/s lacks hunger at their club, Lennon would certainly leave them out of the squad selection no matter how pivotal they have been previously.
With Lennon, the Scottish youngsters like Oliver Burke would stand a good chance of breaking into the first team, given his ability to blend youth and experience together as seen throughout his time at Celtic Park.
Personally, I would give Lennon the job because he would create opportunities and be ruthless when it matters.
This is an outside bet because Scotland haven’t had an foreign manager in charge of the national team since Berti Vogts.
Like Moyes and Mackay, Carlos Ancelotti is available for nothing but he has one huge advantage over them and Lennon.
He has been in the football management game for 25 years and can bring all sorts of European experience with him, having recently worked in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich’s boss.
Ancelotti will also provide the “new direction” that the Scottish FA wants as said by Stewart Regan – Scottish FA Chief Executive.
In the end, Ancelotti becoming Scotland manager is probably a near impossibility but never say never as seen many times before around the world.
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