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McLeish rules out Scotland job

19 Nov 2009 - 15:44:44

Former boss Alex McLeish is the latest manager to rule himself out of the running for the Scotland job.

McLeish stepped down from the national side after a successful two-year stint in 2007 to take the reins at Birmingham City.

But despite the Scottish Football Association sacking his predecessor George Burley this week, the St Andrew's boss has no interest in making an international return.

"I said after the World Cup exit that the Scottish FA should back George but you knew he would be scrutinised in every game and, if he didn't get results in the first couple, he would be under pressure again," he explained.

"Unfortunately, results never went for George. Circumstances were difficult but no one has sympathy for that side of things, like injuries and not being able to pick your best players.

"It can cost managers their jobs but in Scotland they have got to look forward."

Speaking about his future, he added: "Is it a job I would want to return to now? No. I've got a fantastic challenge here at Birmingham.

"I am really enjoying it and building a team and infrastructure which hopefully can keep us in the Premier League for a few seasons to come.

"I loved my time with Scotland, a fantastic journey which was part of my education in football and it is a phenomenal honour to manage your country.

"But I am very happy at Birmingham and will be even happier if we get to January showing the same performance levels of the last few weeks."


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