McLeish to return? Moyes the man? Lambert ‘ideal’? Who next for Scotland?

David Moyes and Alex McLeish

David Moyes and Alex McLeish are both out of work as the Scottish FA begins looking for a new Scotland manager

Alex McLeish says it would be “hard” to say no if the Scottish Football Association asked him to manage the national side for a second time.

Gordon Strachan left the post on Thursday, four days after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Ex-Scotland winger Pat Nevin says David Moyes would be the ideal successor.

His fellow former internationals Barry Ferguson and Kris Commons have praised Paul Lambert, while Ally McCoist says Sam Allardyce should be a contender.

Allardyce left his post as England manager last September after only one match in charge, before spending five months at Crystal Palace.

McCoist told BBC Radio 5 live: “If Big Sam would come up to Scotland… he’s a great manager. Big Sam is a very, very good manager.”

‘It’s hard to turn it down’

McLeish was in charge of Scotland for 10 months in 2007 before returning to club management.

“If you get the call from your country then it’s hard to turn that one down,” the 58-year-old told BBC Radio 5 live.

“If they wanted to come and get you, they would make the call. I don’t like to go phoning around, saying: ‘Get me an interview.’”

The former Scotland international has been out of work since a three-month spell in charge of Egyptian side Zamalek in 2016.

After leaving the Scotland job he was unable to steer Birmingham to safety, but did take the Blues straight back to the Premier League and won the League Cup in 2011.

Spells at Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Genk followed and he was a contender for Rangers’ managerial vacancy in March before the Ibrox club appointed Pedro Caixinha.

McLeish, who lives in London, says he has not “lost touch with football” as he goes “to a lot of Premier League games”.

“I know what’s going on, all the trends and modern ways,” he said. “[Chelsea manager Antonio] Conte’s playing three at the back – I was playing that 10, 15 years ago.”

Former Scotland midfielder Ferguson believes McLeish would take the job “in a second”.

The former Rangers captain added: “We weren’t great to watch [under McLeish in 2007], but we played a certain way and we got results at the end of the day.”

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