Who'll be the next Scotland manager? The main contenders

  • 6 November 2012
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We asked kids in Scotland what they think

The search is on for a new Scotland manager after Craig Levein was sacked on Monday, following a poor start to Scotland's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, but who is tipped to take over?

Newsround take a look at the top candidates:

Gordon Strachan

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  • Gordon's the favourite to take the top spot.
  • Interviewed for the job but missed out when Walter Smith took over in December 2004.
  • Lead Celtic to three SPL titles in a row and the last 16 of the Champions League.
  • Has been out of a job since choosing to leave Middlesbrough after a poor spell.
  • His success at Celtic and international playing career make him a popular choice among many fans.
  • Even other favourites, such as former Scotland manager Alex McLeish, are backing Strachan.

Alex McLeish

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  • Almost led Scotland to unlikely qualification for Euro 2008 after guiding the team to a famous win in Paris.
  • Was out of a job when he took over in 2007 and quickly left for Birmingham after the campaign ended.
  • Available again after a bad spell with Aston Villa ended in May.
  • Has tipped Strachan to take the job, saying: "I don't want to say I don't want the Scotland job but I feel I've still got some time left in club football."

Walter Smith

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  • Turned around Scotland's fortunes after previous boss Berti Vogts' losing streak.
  • Some fans might not be happy if Smith took the job as he left Rangers in the middle of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign and is thought to be 'too cautious'.
  • The 64-year-old had already said he would not return to the role before he retired last year...

Joe Jordan

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  • The only Scot to score at three World Cup finals and still a hero of the Tartan Army.
  • But his last permanent management job ended in 1997 with Bristol City.
  • Jordan has more recently been Harry Redknapp's assistant at Portsmouth and Tottenham.