The odds on who will replace axed Scotland manager Craig Levein
The main contenders for the Scotland job.
GORDON STRACHAN 7-4
Interviewed for the job before Walter Smith took over in 2004, he went on to lead Celtic to three consecutive titles and the last 16 of the Champions League. Has been out of a job since resigning from a poor spell at Middlesbrough but is a popular choice among many fans.
Almost led Scotland to unlikely qualification for Euro 2008 after guiding the team to a famous win in Paris. Was out of a job when he took over in 2007 and quickly left for Birmingham after the campaign ended. Out of work after an uninspiring spell with Aston Villa ended in May.
Recently sacked by relegated Bolton but earned respect for his previous roles at St Johnstone and Burnley along with his handling of Fabrice Muamba’s health problems at Wanderers. The Glasgow-born former Airdrie, Dundee United and Motherwell striker represented the Republic of Ireland after being overlooked by Scotland.
The only Scot to score at three World Cup finals is a hero of the Tartan Army but his last management job ended in 1997, with Bristol City. More recently, he has been Harry Redknapp’s No 2 at Portsmouth and Tottenham.
Turned around Scotland’s fortunes after the turbulent reign of Berti Vogts but his departure for Rangers in the middle of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, and his cautious tactics, casts a cloud over his credentials.
Lifted the League Cup as Hibs manager, now director of football at Livingston.
The former Motherwell manager has been out of work since June 2011 despite an impressive record in the Championship, where he led Preston, Derby and Nottingham Forest to the play-offs a total of five times, succeeding with County.
Would be a flamboyant and expensive choice. Hard to see him being lured north, although a link-up with his right-hand man Jordan is not unfeasible.
Interviewed for the post before George Burley took over, his last job, at Newcastle, ended in 2006. The TV pundit would have to rely on his stature as a player rather than his managerial record, which has been patchy since leaving Rangers in 1991.
Capped 40 times by Scotland, the Motherwell manager has led the Lanarkshire side to the Scottish Cup final and Champions League qualifiers.
The Scotland Under-21 manager has been handed temporary control after leading his side to the play-offs and then second place in his two European qualifying campaigns.
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