Alex McLeish backed to become next Scotland manager

Alex McLeish backed to become next Scotland manager

McLeish managed Scotland briefly 11 years ago and punters have been quick to back a return

Alex McLeish is being heavily backed to become Scotland’s next manager, following Michael O’Neill’s decision to snub the Scottish international side. 

O’Neill was instilled as the red hot favourite to take over from Gordon Strachan, although the Northern Ireland manager decided against a switch between the home nations. 

Since the news broke yesterday afternoon (January 21), the ex-Rangers manager has attracted 32% of all bets backing him for the top Scots job.   

Following O’Neill turning down the switch, McLeish’s odds plummeted from 6/1 into just 2/1, and sees him as the current favourite for the vacancy. 

Malky Mackay (3/1), Derek McInnes (4/1), O’Neill (10/1) and Stuart McCall (14/1) make up the remainder of the bookies’ picks for the job. 

McLeish was highlighted as the pick of the bunch by Mark McGhee, Strachan’s assistant, who also left his role following Scotland’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. 

McGhee said: “I know how much Alex would love to do the job and I know how well qualified Alex is for the job given his experience in it already.

“I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t be seriously considered, he is ready and waiting, have boots will travel.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “It's back to the drawing board for the SFA, who will have been humbled by their failure to attract O'Neill from Northern Ireland. 

“McLeish may well feel that he has unfinished business for the National team, after a brief stint in charge in 2007, and punters believe that a return could well be on the cards.”

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