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Scotland draw big names - Smith

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Smith impressed by calibre of applicants

Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith is impressed by the standard of applicants for the vacant national manager's job.

The SFA are in the process of drawing up a shortlist of candidates.

"There are a few big names in the game," said Smith when quizzed about the quality of those interested.

"There is no question that there are people who are known to the public and have had great careers - some as players - and in management."

Smith stressed that the SFA are considering managers who have not applied to succeed George Burley, who was sacked in November.

He also added that candidates' chances will not be affected if the media unearth plans to hold talks about the post.

Foreign coaches Dan Petrescu and Nevio Scala have both declared an interest in the job and a meeting with the former was cancelled once the SFA discovered details of the arrangement had been leaked.

"Nobody is ruled out by going public at all," insisted Smith.

"What I would say is that no one has been asked along for an interview, no one has been approached in terms of us wanting to speak to anyone yet.

"We're just doing our homework, our due diligence.

"We're still developing a list of names but we are on schedule in terms of what we are trying to do."

Smith wants a new man in place before the draw for Euro 2012 qualifying is made in February.

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Despite repeatedly stating he has no interest in a return to the post, Rangers boss Walter Smith is likely to be approached, along with Dundee United's Craig Levein, who has been reluctant to address the speculation.

"We'll be looking to identify other people ourselves," added Smith. "Along the way, we would have to find out whether they have an interest in it.

"We're looking for someone with experience but I won't react to any names. I think it's totally unfair if I speak about anyone in a positive or negative manner.

"It will be someone with a good reputation, someone who we feel can take the team forward and take Scottish football forward."



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see also
Give Dalglish Scots job - Brown
12 Dec 09 |  Internationals
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
Burley sacked as Scotland manager
16 Nov 09 |  Internationals


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