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Scottish FA to approach Rangers boss Walter Smith

Rangers manager Walter Smith
Smith had appeared to rule out a second spell in charge of Scotland

The Scottish FA will approach Walter Smith about the vacant Scotland manager's job despite repeated denials of interest from the Rangers boss.

The SFA is determined to contact all possible candidates ahead of compiling a shortlist of names to replace George Burley, who was sacked last month.

Smith, 61, was in charge of Scotland from December 2004 until January 2007.

He has ruled out a return on several occasions and said on Friday: "I've got no further comment to make at all."

Following spells in charge at Rangers and Everton and a brief stint as assistant manager at Manchester United, Smith took the Scotland helm when Berti Vogts was dismissed.

He oversaw a revival in fortunes but could not secure passage to the 2006 World Cup and left the post with Scotland top of their group in the qualifying race for Euro 2008.

Former Scotland goalkeeper Alan Rough
The SFA have to make sure the guy they're after really wants the job

Former goalkeeper Alan Rough

His decision to walk out and return to Ibrox rankled with many Scotland fans.

Smith's contract at Rangers is due to expire in January but he has intimated that he will carry on at least until the end of the season.

Asked in September if he would consider a return to the international fold, Smith said: "When you've been in a job, it takes something special for you to come back and do it a second time.

"I did it at Rangers, and I wouldn't see myself doing it again."

And following the dismissal of Burley, he was more forthright in ruling himself out of the running.

"I don't feel it would be right to go back," he explained. "That's the situation."

"I enjoyed my time there before but I made the conscious decision to leave.

"The matter is now closed as far as I am concerned."


Former Scotland goalkeeper Alan Rough has warned the SFA against courting a manager who does not want the job.

"It's unfortunate that the Scotland job isn't a job now where the people you want in the job say, 'I want that'," the 58-year-old said.

"It's not the job now that it used to be. We have to wait and see which people want it. Because I think everybody knows the three or four the SFA want but do those three or four want it?

"The SFA have to be very careful in what they're doing because they don't want to be seen to be picking somebody that's second, third, fourth choice."

Rough, who earned 53 caps for his country, added: "They have to make sure the guy they're after really wants the job."

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see also
Smith explains Scotland decision
20 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Gers boss no plans for Scots job
18 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Smith rules out Scotland return
15 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Smith claims SFA contract blunder
11 Jan 07 |  Internationals
Rangers agree Smith compensation
11 Jan 07 |  Internationals
Smith appointed boss of Rangers
10 Jan 07 |  Rangers
Scotland name Smith as new boss
02 Dec 04 |  Internationals

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