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Give Dalglish Scots job - Brown

Kenny Dalglish and Rafa Benitez
Dalglish is enjoying his role with Liverpool assisting Rafa Benitez

Scotland should target former Celtic, Liverpool and Blackburn boss Kenny Dalglish as their new manager, former national coach Craig Brown has urged.

Italian Nevio Scala and Romanian Dan Petrescu have this week put their names forward to succeed George Burley.

"Without doubt, I would have Kenny Dalglish, with Joe Jordan as his assistant," Brown told BBC Scotland.

"I would go all-out to get Kenny Dalglish and you could not get a better representative of Scotland."

Dalglish is presently leading the youth academy at Liverpool, where he is also a club ambassador, and insists he is happy in that role.

The 58-year-old has been out of management since leading Celtic to a League Cup final win in 2001 after taking control of the last 18 matches of the 2000/01 season following the sacking of John Barnes.

However, Brown thinks that, like Dalglish's former Liverpool team-mate Graeme Souness, his return to management with Scotland is unlikely.

In my experience in football, you don't get a job by applying - you're head-hunted

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown

But Brown, who would have Tottenham Hotspur assistant Jordan as Dalglish's number two, said: "Kenny has won the championship with two clubs in England.

"He is our most capped player. He is a legend. He is respected by every player that's played for him.

"Ask Kevin Gallagher, ask Billy McKinlay, ask Colin Hendry about Kenny Dalglish. Ask Chris Sutton. These guys, they love him."

Brown was reacting to the news that former Germany, Turkey and Ukraine coach Scala had applied for the job along with Unirea Urziceni coach Petrescu.

However, Brown thinks that the only "foreign" manager the Scottish Football Association should be considering is Owen Coyle - the Scottish-born former Republic of Ireland striker who is now boss of Burnley in the Premier League in England.

"He is obviously a candidate, but I don't think he is a better candidate than any of the others who have been mentioned," Brown said of Scala.

"And I personally don't think we need to go down the foreign route as there are many fine Scottish coaches who know the Scottish psyche better than he does."

Brown took the example of Guus Hiddink, the lauded former Real Madrid and Netherlands coach who missed out on World Cup qualification with Russia after a play-off with Slovenia.

"I was with Guus Hiddink a month ago when he told me they had to beat Slovenia as he had 140m people depending on him to qualify for the World Cup and they were beaten by a country with two and a half million, so it does not guarantee success," said Brown.

Meanwhile, the former Scotland, Clyde and Preston boss thought that Scala and Petrescu were less likely to be given the job now that their representatives had made their desire for the job public.

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"In my experience in football, you don't get a job by applying - you're head-hunted," said Brown.

"These things should be kept confidential and you pick a guy with an agent who is likely to keep his mouth shut and be discreet."

Dundee United manager Craig Levein was an early bookmakers' favourite for the Scotland job after Burley's sacking, while former Hibernian manager John Collins and former Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood have both indicated their interest.



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see also
Capello backs Scala's Scots bid
11 Dec 09 |  Internationals
Scots FA cancels Petrescu meeting
09 Dec 09 |  Internationals
SFA urged to appoint Scots coach
09 Dec 09 |  Internationals
SFA to sound out Gers boss Smith
04 Dec 09 |  Internationals
Scotland urged to contact Levein
04 Dec 09 |  Dundee Utd
Petrescu applies for Scotland job
03 Dec 09 |  Internationals
Laszlo interested in Scotland job
19 Nov 09 |  Hearts
Duo keen on Scotland manager role
17 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Burley sacked as Scotland manager
16 Nov 09 |  Internationals


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