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SPL managers applaud Levein move

Craig Levein
Levein has been given permission to speak to the SFA about the Scotland job

Scottish Premier League bosses have praised the decision to approach Dundee United's Craig Levein about the Scotland manager's job.

Hibs boss John Hughes says, if Craig Levein was appointed national manager, it would restore spirit to the squad.

"There's a number of strong candidates about but certainly Craig would be up there with them," said Hughes.

Motherwell manager Jim Gannon says he has been impressed by Levein and his achievements at Dundee United.

Levein has been given permission by his club, Dundee United, to speak to the Scottish Football Association following the sacking of George Burley last month.

And Fir Park boss Gannon believes Levein would make a good Scotland manager, based on his experience in football and his personality.

Craig's been in the frame from day one and quite rightly so. He ticks all the boxes for them but whether he wants it or not we'll just have to wait and see

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies

"Not just as a coach, but as a man, I liked him straight away," said Gannon.

"He's well respected and has done a fantastic job at Dundee United.

"He's built a squad there and they really believe in him and they've made great strides under his guidance.

"If he can achieve similar success with Scotland, it will only be good for Scottish football."

On hearing the news that Levein was the front-runner to replace Burley, Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies said: "Craig's been in the frame from day one and quite rightly so.

"He ticks all the boxes for them, but whether he wants it or not we'll just have to wait and see."

Hibs manager Hughes insists the job should be given to a Scot and the appointment of Levein would meet with his approval - and he rejected the suggestion that the top job in Scottish football was a poisoned chalice.

"He works very hard and he deserves that opportunity," said Hughes.

"There are a number of very strong candidates about, but certainly Craig Levein would be right up there with them."

Everybody expected it - of all the candidates and names mentioned Craig was, if not at the top, very close to it who everybody thought was the right person for the job

St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson

"We have just hit a little bit of a low. I don't think we are technically as good as other nations, but one thing we do have is that if we play with our hearts and a spirit then that is when Scotland are at their best."

Meanwhile, St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson says he's not surprised the SFA has approached United to speak to Levein about the job.

"Everybody expected it," he said. "Of all the candidates and names mentioned, Craig was, if not at the top, very close to it, who everybody thought was the right person for the job.

"Now Craig has a decision to make after speaking to them, but it's something everybody expected."



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see also
United to seek Levein recompense
18 Dec 09 |  Football
Levein's Scotland credentials
17 Dec 09 |  Dundee Utd
Levein wants to be Scotland boss
17 Dec 09 |  Scotland
Scotland urged to contact Levein
04 Dec 09 |  Dundee Utd
Burley sacked as Scotland manager
16 Nov 09 |  Internationals


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