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by titch82 (U14215880) 08 December 2009
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I heard last week that Romanian legend and bogie man of Rangers Dan Petescru has applied for the Scotland job. I think we should go down the route of a foriegn manager, i know Berti Vogts was terrible but i think a non Scottish manager would bring a fresh approach to the job.

Craig Levin is a decent manager but has he the expierence to lead us the the next Euros or a world cup?

Penny for any thoughts on this most crucial of decisions on the future of our national team.

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posted Dec 9, 2009

Rafa for the Scotland job >_<

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comment by Scott (U2962913)

posted Dec 9, 2009

I'd go for Gerard Houlier with John Collins as his number 2........

After all wasn't it Houlier that rebuilt the entire French system from grass roots up after we put them out of Italia'90 ?

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posted Dec 9, 2009

Have any of you lads not even considered Billy Davies for the job. Done wonders at Derby. Done well at Preston before that and doing wonders at Notts Forest. Excuse me but just where do we get the belief that John Collins is the right man for the Job? Please, just say no. Inexperienced at any foriegn level as a coach and his fitness regime would count for zero at international level.
The past 5 managers Scotland have had were certainly not bad coaches but some of them had stronger personalities than others and ultimately, those managers were most successful. Think of Smith, McLeish and Craig Brown. Each of them commanded the respect of the players. Burley and Vogts, you got the impression, did not.
For that reason, I would take Davies over Levein, in that CL is only now just getting this together at DUFC. He took a similar period with Hearts although he inherited a good team off jeffries.
As for the others, Petrescu - no, Souness - no,no, Collins - you're having a laff. His success was based on inheriting a near brilliant team created at youth level by Williamson and latterly Mowbury at senior level.
My only regret is that we didn't get Strachan when he was available - yet another strong character. he would have done a good job with Scotland.
I'm a Ger's man incidentally.

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comment by db (U2503720)

posted Dec 9, 2009

Finlays_da

I'm not sure about Davies. I don't really see how his CV is any better than Burley's, in fact, I'd say it's pretty similar. However I'll admit I don't watch much English football outside the top 4 EPL teams and so don't know much about how his sides play or what kind of respect he demands. I guess the reason I would favour Levein is I've seen him turn around a relegation fodder Dundee Utd side and make them a solid top 6 team that regularly takes points of the OF and challenges for Europe. He also seems to take no she!te which is exactly what we need.

Ideally though I'd like the SFA to think outside the box (asking a lot I know) and appoint a foreigner with good pedigree who wouldn't cost too much. For example Lars Lagerback or Leo Beenhakker.

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comment by desmond (U9290611)

posted Dec 9, 2009

Comments made by 1 Wattie have hit the nail right on the head and are spot on.We have no team or anything that resembles one. We need to clear out the SFA, starting with Gordon Smith and the like. We might not be represented at the world cup in South Africa on the field, but you can bet your bottom dollar that these charlatans on the SFA will be there and they won't be paying out of their pocket.Go for Johann Cruyff.Hiring a Scottish manager isn't necessarily going to guarantee us anything.When we do choose someone,let him make the decisions. Let him run the team not Smith and the half wits who obviously do not know anything about football. Haven't they already embarrased us with some horrendous choices that they have made? We need some people who truly know the ins and outs of the game. Not a bunch of "Keystone Cops".

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posted Dec 9, 2009

Yes absolutely I'd choose Swiss, Greek, Slovenian and Slovakian players before a hell of a lot of Scots. Until we realise these teams are better than us on so many levels we'll never improve.

FYI: from their most recent squads

Switzerland:
Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg)
Stephan Lichsteiner (Lazio)
Reto Ziegler (Sampdoria)
Philip Senderos (Arsenal)
Tranquillo Barnetta (Leverkusen)
Marco Padalino (Sampdoria)
Eren Derdiyok (Leverkusen)

They have a number of other players based in Serie A and Bundesliga. When was the last time Scotland could say that.

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Yep, couldn't agree more.

Say what you want about these teams, they regularly qualify for tournaments, or find themselves in play-off contention, maybe excluding Slovakia (however, any of you lot watch these boys play?...they can knock it about alright.)

Switzerland and Greece just keep qualifying, Slovenia are back after two consecutive qualifications in Euro 2000 and World Cup 2002.

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posted Dec 10, 2009

ronald koeman has just been sacked by alkmaar.apparently he didn't even see it coming.advocaat got the job. a good candidate if you ask me.

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posted Dec 10, 2009

i would go for levein or hodgson.

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comment by bmurph (U2587541)

posted Dec 10, 2009

Lets swallow our pride and get an Englishman he's determined and is doing a great job at FC Twente yes Steve Mclaren.
He's well respected as a coach throughout Europe by players and coaches alike and apart from his nightmare with England which I put down to the Sven factor (and remnants) he's been very succesful.
We could do a lot worse as we all know.
As for the SFA nothing will change we need a complete sweep that includes making people RESPONSIBLE for their decisions.

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comment by av it (U10690115)

posted Dec 11, 2009

McClaren is a good club manager, but as we saw with England he is no better as a number 2 at international level. If you're going foreign, then reallistically you're not going to get Hiddink or any other of the really top managers. I think the best Scot in terms of experience, and what you need in a manager right now, although some don't like the fact he has been out of management for a while,is George Graham. It seems unlikely your numpty FA board will go for him therefore you should go for a foreigner maybe someone like Troussier or Houllier.

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