Scala was sacked from his last coaching role in Moscow in 2004
Nevio Scala says he has been encouraged by fellow Italians Fabio Capello and Giovanni Trapattoni in his pursuit of the Scotland manager's job.
Capello has led England to the World Cup finals, while Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland cruelly missed out on joining them in South Africa.
Scala has again applied for the Scots' job having twice before missed out.
"I asked Fabio Capello and Trapattoni what is the job like in this country and I am very interested," he said.
The 62-year-old was on the Scottish Football Association's shortlist to succeed Craig Brown before Berti Vogts was appointed in 2002.
Scala, a former Parma and Borussia Dortmund coach, was also in the running when George Burley took over last year.
I've every confidence in my own ability and I am still hungry to be a successful coach
"I have made my interest known to the Scottish FA," he said. "I have a great respect for Scottish football and would want a Scottish coach working with me."
The Scotland job is vacant after Burley was sacked last month on the back of Scotland's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup finals in South Africa.
Scala is currently working as a pundit on Italian radio after being sacked by Russian side Spartak Moscow in 2004.
However, he led Parma into Italy's top flight for the first time in the club's history in 1990 and followed that with victory in the now defunct Uefa Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup in 1993.
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