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Laszlo interested in Scotland job

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo
Laszlo said the new manager must understand the Scottish mentality

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo would hold talks with the Scottish Football Association about succeeding George Burley as Scotland boss.

"If somebody comes to the club and asks for permission to discuss with me, we can discuss, definitely," said Laszlo.

Meanwhile, Laszlo's Edinburgh counterpart, Hibs manager John Hughes says his job is the "best in the world" and he does not want to succeed Burley.

Burley was sacked on Monday after 22 months in charge of the national side.

Laszlo, who has been at Tynecastle since July 2008, said Scotland could benefit from a foreign manager.

However, Hughes, who has voiced his support for Kilmarnock's Jim Jefferies, believes the Scottish FA should try to avoid going down the foreign route.

"The Scotland job should go to a Scot," said Hughes. "There are plenty of candidates out there.


Hughes rules himself out of Scots job

"Look at all your top clubs in England, from Manchester United, right through, they've all got Scotsmen on their staff.

"We just need to make sure we go and pick the right guy.

"We've got the best supporters in the world."

The SFA says the search for Burley's successor is under way but stressed it would not rush into making an appointment.

Laszlo, who guided Hearts to a third-place finish in the Scottish Premier League in his first season in charge, said he had not been contacted over the Scotland vacancy.

He said it was important the new Scotland manager had an understanding of the Scottish mentality.


"To be the manager of a country, this is always the highest you can reach," Laszlo added.

"I had the honour to train Hungary and even Uganda and, definitely, I had the feeling of what it took to train a country."

Hughes, who is in his first season at Easter Road, admitted that he would like to sample international football one day but he hopes to be in his current post for a long time.

"It's an ambition of mine to go and manage my country, certainly," he added.

"But I'm in the best job in Scotland right at this time. I've worked ever so hard to get to Hibs and I want to be here many years and the rest will take care of itself.

"So don't go phoning me, Gordon Smith!"

Rangers manager Walter Smith and several others have ruled themselves out returning for a second spell in charge of Scotland, with Dundee United boss Craig Levein the favourite to succeed Burley.

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