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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2007, 21:13 GMT
McAllister rules out Scotland job
Gary McAllister and Graeme Souness
Gary McAllister and Graeme Souness - both linked to the job
Former Scotland midfielder Gary McAllister has ruled himself out of the running for the national manager's job.

The former Coventry boss was speaking only hours after ex-Liverpool boss Graeme Souness hinted that he would like to be considered.

Scottish FA chief Gordon Smith has said that the post is unlikely to be filled until early next year.

But McAllister stated: "If I'm going back into football, I'd be looking to go into the day-to-day stuff."

The SFA need to find a replacement for Alex McLeish, who resigned from his post to join Birmingham.

McAllister, who it is understood came a close second to McLeish last year, had been expected to be one of the front-runners for the vacancy.

The national team can definitely go forward and they look a very healthy bunch indeed
Alex McLeish

"I was very honoured and humbled to be asked along to an interview when Walter went back to Rangers," he said.

McAllister, who won 57 caps for Scotland, cited his personal circumstances had changed since dealing with the death of his wife.

"The thought of international football appealed to me then," he said.

"It suited my situation, the troubles I've had in my family recently, but now things have moved on and times have made things change."

Meanwhile, former Scottish international Graeme Souness expressed a desire to manage at international level.

The former Newcastle boss told the club website: "I would be interested in taking a national team position."

Recently sacked Derby manager Billy Davies said he would be "flattered" if he was approached about the vacancy by the Scottish Football Association.

With Roy Aitken and Andy Watson also leaving the Scotland set-up to join McLeish, an entirely new coaching team is required.

John Collins, Mark McGhee and Craig Levein are among those already linked with the top job, along with Souness and Davies.

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SFA chief executive Smith said: "There have been loads of names put about but we'll be taking our time over it.

"There's no time-frame on it at all either."

Smith also said he would prefer McLeish to be succeeded by a Scotsman but did not rule out looking overseas.

"Hopefully, it will be a Scottish person because I think that is important," added Smith.

"But we won't ignore an outstanding candidate just because he is foreign. That would not be fair."

When the position is eventually filled, McLeish believes the new man will have a bright future at international level.

Speaking on his first day at St Andrews, McLeish said: "There are several good young managers who can take Scotland on.

"I inherited a good squad from squad from Walter Smith and we added one or two of our own.

"The national team can definitely go forward and they look a very healthy bunch indeed."



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