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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2007, 16:49 GMT
Scotland begin successor search
Alex McLeish (left) and Tommy Burns
Alex McLeish (left) and Tommy Burns are in the frame
Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has emerged as the early favourite to replace Walter Smith as Scotland coach.

McLeish is the bookies' front-runner and is closely followed by Scotland assistant Tommy Burns - who was part of Smith's managerial team.

Other names in the frame include former Rangers boss Graeme Souness, Derby's Billy Davies, Everton's David Moyes, Joe Jordan and Kenny Dalglish.

Scotland sit top of their qualifying group for Euro 2008 after four games.

Georgia visit Hampden on 24 March, with Scotland facing a match in Italy four days later.

ALEX McLEISH

Alex McLeish
Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has not come back into the game after making way for Paul Le Guen at Ibrox.

McLeish, who won seven trophies in his four-and-a-half seasons with Rangers, was the first manager to lead a Scottish team into the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

TOMMY BURNS

Tommy Burns
Tommy Burns was brought in as assistant manager by Berti Vogts and stayed loyal to the German despite scathing criticism from the media.

The former Celtic and Reading boss led the Scots in a 4-1 friendly defeat by Sweden before Smith took over and remained as his assistant. Burns is also Celtic's first-team coach and youth development chief.

GRAEME SOUNESS

Graeme Souness
Former Rangers manager Graeme Souness made his name as a manager in Scotland when he transformed Rangers in 1986 but has had mixed success since leaving for Liverpool.

Had short spells at Southampton, Torino, Benfica and Galatasaray before taking Blackburn back into the Premiership.

Has been out of work since ending a disappointing spell at Newcastle and, with 54 Scotland caps, may fancy leading the national team. However, he has expressed an interest in a takeover at Wolves.

KENNY DALGLISH

Kenny Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish won a record 101 caps for his country and netted 30 goals, but his stock fell when his dream return to Celtic with John Barnes turned into a nightmare.

Won titles as Liverpool and Blackburn boss but quit both jobs. Led Newcastle to a second-placed finish before their form took a nosedive. The international job could suit Dalglish, but he may be reluctant to endanger his legendary status among the Tartan Army.

BILLY DAVIES

Billy Davies
Derby County boss Billy Davies, 42, is highly-regarded in Scottish coaching circles. He replaced former Scotland manager Craig Brown at Preston in September 2004, before moving to Pride Park in June 2006.

After losing his job at Motherwell, Davies took Preston to successive Coca-Cola Championship play-offs before turning the Rams into promotion candidates this season.

Would be a popular choice among the players but is unlikely to leave club football at present, plus the SFA would need to compensate Derby heavily.

DAVID MOYES

David Moyes
Everton manager David Moyes also made his mark at Preston and he took them to within 90 minutes of the Premiership.

However Everton came calling, ironically to replace Smith, and he led the Toffees to a top-four finish in the English top flight.

Survived a difficult start to last season but would still be an expensive option for the SFA. Although linked with both Old Firm posts previously, he is unlikely to shelve a promising career in the Premiership at this stage.

JOE JORDAN

Joe Jordan
Currently coach at Portsmouth, Joe Jordan needs no introduction to Scotland fans. Enjoyed an excellent international playing career, featuring in three consecutive World Cups in 1974, 1978 and 1982, scoring in each tournament.

Has club managerial experience at Bristol City (twice), and Stoke City in addition to a spell in the early nineties at Hearts.

A good outside bet for the job, Jordan would be welcomed, in the short-term at least.



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