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Alex McLeish named new Scotland coach

Alex McLeish named new Scotland coach

Alex McLeish was hired as Scotland's national soccer coach Monday, signing a contract for the rest of the 2008 European Championship campaign.
The 48-year-old former Rangers, Hibernian and Motherwell manager replaced Walter Smith, who quit on Jan. 10 to return to Rangers.
McLeish played 77 times for Scotland between 1980 and 1993 as a central defender, featuring in three World Cup tournaments. He's the third-most capped player for Scotland.
"We have moved quickly to fill the vacancy caused by the unexpected departure of Walter Smith earlier this month," Scottish Football Association chief executive David Taylor said. "I am sure all of Scotland will get behind Alex in support of the national side as we try to build on the improved performances of recent times."
Scotland leads Group B in Euro 2008 qualifying after four matches _ ahead of France, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania, Georgia and Faeroe Islands. Under Smith, the Scots beat France 1-0 at Hampden Park.
McLeish's first game in charge will be the home match against Georgia on March 24. Scotland plays at world champion Italy four days later.
McLeish will meet with the Scotland squad for a three-day meeting next week. He has chosen Andy Watson and Roy Aitken as his assistants.
Scotland has not qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.
McLeish spent his entire playing career at Aberdeen, from 1978 until 1993, winning the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup under manager Alex Ferguson. He began his coaching career at Motherwell the following year, moving to Hibernian in 1998.
McLeish coached Rangers from December 2001 until May 2006. During that time, Rangers won the league in 2003 and 2005 and the Scottish Cup in 2002 and 2003.


Updated : 2021-02-26 13:14 GMT+08:00