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Friday, 16 November 2012

Jordan, Strachan or Stark - Who should be the next Scotland boss?


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It's been more than a week since the Scottish Football Association decided to relieve national boss Craig Levein of his duties but we are nowhere nearer to discovering who they will turn to next.

Former Scotland greats Gordon Strachan and Joe Jordan have been strongly tipped with the vacant post but current caretaker boss Billy Stark is also in the running and he did his chances no harm by leading the Scots to a 2-1 win at Luxembourg this week.

But who should the SFA appoint as the next Scotland boss?

Joe Jordan

The former Leeds United, Manchester United and AC Milan striker is a proud and passionate Scot and there's no-one out there who loves his country more. Jordan demands respect and no-one would step out of line if he was in charge. Most recently Harry Redknapp's number two at Spurs, Jordan would be an economical appointment by the SFA - but would it be the right one? Scotland legend Graeme Souness certainly believes so. Having coached the likes of Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart and Luka Modric, Jordan certainly knows how to get the best out of people.

Gordon Strachan

The former Aberdeen and Manchester United midfielder was a winner on the pitch and has taken that into management with him. Although he has endured some poor spells in the dugout, most recently at Middlesbrough, Strachan has learned from some of the best in the business. He has always been a great advocate of young Scottish players and would relish the opportunity to put Scotland back on the international stage. His record with Celtic was exemplary, even guiding them into the last 16.

Billy Stark

The former Aberdeen and Celtic striker is currently in caretaker charge of the national team and would love a chance at taking on the job on a permanent basis. Stark has been manager of the Under-21s for the past four years and has a good relationship with all of those who have worked under him. Stark is well respected in the Scottish game and wouldn't let his country down. But having had Levein, would you be willing to give Stark a go?

Former Scotland boss Alex McLeish has ruled himself out of the running, preferring to try and find work in club football, while another former boss Walter Smith has just taken up a role with Rangers. So does the SFA appoint one of the three aforementioned candidates or possibly look further afield and go down the foreigner route again?

Personally I would have to go for Gordon Strachan. He's available now and has experience of playing and managing at the highest level. He would also give youth a chance and get Scotland playing without fear.

But who do you think should lead the Tartan Army? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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