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Walter Smith and Craig Levein emerge as frontrunners for Scotland job


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The Scottish Football Association board will approach Walter Smith regarding the vacant international manager's position, despite his public assertions that he does not wish to be considered as the replacement for George Burley.

At a four-hour meeting of the SFA at Hampden Park yesterdaytoday, board members had what the chief executive, Gordon Smith, described as a "vigorous" discussion regarding Burley's successor. Sources confirmed it is unlikely in the first instance to look beyond the two initial frontrunners for the post, Walter Smith, the Rangers manager, and his Dundee United counterpart, Craig Levein.

Smith declared last month that he has no inclination to return to the job, having managed Scotland between 2004 and 2007. However, the SFA believes there may be a difference in that stance if a formal representation were made. The expectation that the 61-year-old will leave his post at Rangers at the end of this season is also significant.

Either way, the SFA wants to hear his thoughts. Scotland do not have a competitive match until next September, when their qualifying campaign for Euro 2012 gets under way, meaning there is scope for an initial, part-time appointment.

Gordon Smith said in a statement: "I can confirm that at today's scheduled Scottish FA board meeting, the board agreed on the procedures that will culminate in the appointment of a new national coach. The matter was discussed extensively and vigorously, along with various other issues on the agenda.

"We will now initiate that process in the coming weeks and, in keeping with the timescale outlined previously, it remains the Scottish FA's intention to appoint and present a new national coach in time for the Euro 2012 qualification draw in Warsaw, Poland, on 7 February 2010."

It is most likely an announcement will be made in January.

The former Liverpool first-team coach Alex Miller has been discussed within the SFA as a potential manager, having been involved in the Scotland set-up under Craig Brown. Miller could have linked up with Gary McAllister, his former colleague at Anfield, but tonight last night the indications were that Miller has little or no chance of being handed an international return.


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John Collins would probably be the best appointment. He gets his teams playing good football, and would obviously be a cheap option, which I'm sure the SFA is primarily concerned with


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Didn't Walter at one point say that he's not interested in the Scotland job?

Yes he did, very recently. The BBC report on the Scotland job says he and Souness are the only ones to rule themselves out.

yes he did say that mate. Hence why the media then turn round and print this gash. In saying that it was Van Basten yesterday

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