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Souness says no to Scotland

17 Nov 2009 - 11:18:26

Graeme Souness has taken himself out of the running for the Scotland job following two previous failed attempts to be handed the national team post.

Scotland are on the lookout for a new manager following Monday's decision to end George Burley's disappointing 22-month reign.

But former Liverpool, Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United boss Souness will not be applying for the job despite being installed as one of the bookmakers' immediate favourites.

"Is there anything that could lure me back to football? I don't want to work with players day to day. Maybe an international job but it's not Scotland at this time," he told the Daily Record.

"The reason for that is I enjoyed such a good time in Scotland. Going to dinners such as the Hall of Fame is fantastic and I'm always warmly received.

"I would hate to destroy that by becoming the Scotland manager and being an absolute disaster at it.

"The Scotland job is not something I see for myself right now. I applied a couple of times, got turned down a couple of times, so there won't be a third.

"I am happy at the moment. I genuinely believe my best years are in front of me and I've had the most wonderful life. In football I've fulfilled everything I wanted to.

"Of course, I'd liked to have won the Premiership a couple of times as manager and a few European Cups as well. However, I did win that three times as a player so I have been blessed."


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