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Sunday, 2nd December 2007

World Cup 2010 Tue 27 Nov 2007

SFA reject official approach for McLeish

THE SCOTTISH Football Association have rejected an official approach for national team manager Alex McLeish.

Birmingham are thought to be the club pursuing former Rangers boss McLeish.

However the club behind the approach have been warned the SFA will do everything in their power to keep the 48-year-old.

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith told a newspaper: “Yes we have had an official approach for our manager.

“We don’t want to discuss it at all, so the club involved has been advised they cannot have permission to speak to Alex at the moment.

“We must make it clear we want to retain Alex as manager of the Scotland team. We want to extend his contract and we’re keen to speak to him about that.”

Despite Smith’s latest comments, the SFA chief has previously admitted McLeish will determine his own future.

The SFA accept that if McLeish wants to leave his post, which he only took up in late January, they will have to reach an agreement to let him depart.

However by blocking the approach for the manager who steered Scotland close to Euro 2008 qualification they are putting themselves in a strong position for any future battle over compensation.

The latest development, and the SFA’s response, were both expected.

Smith last week was readying himself for approaches for McLeish, who he predicted would be fancied for any Barclays Premier League vacancies.

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Last updated: 27-Nov-07 13:57 GMT


1. Chris#1, London / 12:12pm 27 Nov 2007

if McLeish quits, then the TRAITOR banner made for Walter Smith can get reused....

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2. Big T Jambo / 12:35pm 27 Nov 2007

Typical response from the SFA. Deja Vu with what happened to Walter Smith - mind you at least Birmingham have gone about it the right way instead of the tapping up employed by Rangers.

Get the compensation, come out in public with the usual regrets, then for ducks sake appoint a manager who doesn't see the job as a stop gap or a stepping stone.

Souness, Dalglish, Graham or Rioch should be the only names you need to interview.

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3. greenanwhite1 / 12:42pm 27 Nov 2007

Why? Because he might just want to earn an extra few quid?
Ask yourself this. if you could do the same job as you do now for twice the salary, would everyone be calling YOU a traitor?
Of course not.
If he goes, he goes. If he stays, he stays. I don't think we are particularly blessed with outstanding replacements for him but that shoulden't matter if he fancies the Brummie job, then let him go. As some poster on another thread suggested perhaps we should consider making it a part-time position

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