Don't pull trigger too fast

THERE shouldn't be a rush to end Craig Levein's spell as Scotland boss and immediately appoint a replacement.

Loading Comments
Any quick move to dismiss embattled Craig Levein could cost the SFA a lot of cash
Any quick move to dismiss embattled Craig Levein could cost the SFA a lot of cash

The dream of qualifying for the World Cup Finals is dead. Bringing in a new manager for the final six qualifying matches isn't going to change that.

We have no chance of turning this one around.

And when a large percentage of the Tartan Army decides the manager's time is up then it pretty much forces a decision.

But if the SFA were to axe him, it would also cost a lot of dosh. The best idea may be to leave Craig at the helm for the rest of the campaign rather than paying to dismiss him and then having to pay someone else to take over a lost cause.

Gordon Strachan has been tipped as a candidate, but I'm not so sure bringing him in would be that different to sticking with Craig. Yes, he performed well at Celtic, but he had a nightmare at Middlesbrough. If I had my choice, I would be looking at either bringing Walter Smith back for a second term or looking to see if Graeme Souness is up for it.

The problem is the job has become a poisoned chalice. We've had five managers in ten years, which pretty much means if you don't qualify for a major competition you are out of a job at the end of it.

And, unfortunately, the players aren't good enough at this moment in time.

Careers and Jobs

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

I’m excited at the possibility of a superb General Election result for the SNP.




Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You Couldn't Make This Up

Tea leaf reading had me in a spin

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.