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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 November 2007, 17:02 GMT
Davies ready to discuss Scots job
By Paul Fletcher

Billy Davies would be keen to talk with Scotland
Davies left Derby on Monday and is keen on a return to management
Billy Davies has expressed an interest in becoming the new manager of Scotland following the resignation of Alex McLeish as national team manager.

McLeish, 48, is expected to take over at Birmingham on Wednesday.

And Davies, 43, who parted company with Derby on Monday, told BBC Sport: "I'm very open to listen to anything that is offered or put on the table.

"I'm not ruling anything out. If somebody wants to talk to me I will listen and then make a decision."

Davies took Derby to the Premier League last season with victory through the play-offs to end his first full season in charge with promotion.


But he left Pride Park with the club bottom of the table, with six points from 14 games and a goal difference of -28.

Davies, who previously managed Preston, taking them to the 2005 Championship play-off final, is keen to return to management.

"I am very keen to consider every single offer," added the Scot, who began his managerial career with Motherwell in 1998.

"I would not knock anything at the moment, I am open to offers anywhere, even abroad. I have got no barriers to anything whatsoever.

"The Scotland job is one you don't apply for - the Scottish Football Association know exactly who they want to put in place and the type of man they're looking for.

"You'd be flattered if you can get your name down for it, but everybody in Scotland would want to manage the national team and that would always be the case."

Davies was assistant to Craig Brown at Preston before succeeding him as manager.

Brown, a former Scotland national team manager and until Monday technical director at Derby, believes Davies can be a success as international level.

"If I'm being asked if Billy has what it takes to be a Scotland boss then my reply is he has what it takes," said Brown.

"His tactical knowledge is second to none and he's masterful in the art of when to make the telling substitution. Billy has to be a contender for Scotland."

Birmingham have called a news conference for Wednesday morning where they are expected to unveil McLeish as their new manager.

McLeish, in charge of the national team since January 2007, led Scotland to the brink of Euro 2008 qualification and his current contract was due to run until 2010.

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