The Times reports that former Sunderland manager David Moyes could be in line to become the next Scotland national team manager. It is believed that defeat to England this weekend may lead to the SFA dismissing Gordon Strachan, with Moyes waiting in the wings.
The 54-year-old Scot has suffered from a decreasing reputation in football management in some quarters based on my recent appointments. After leaving Everton, he was viewed as one of the top managers in the Premier League. Stints at Man Utd, Real Sociedad and most recently Sunderland however have not gone to plan.
He elected to resign as manager of the Black Cats, deciding against taking charge of their intended promotion push out of the Sky Bet Championship. This job has yet to be filled, with many names being linked with the gig at the Stadium of Light. Scotland have found life hard in qualification for major tournaments in recent times, and Strachan could find this weekend being his last in the big job.
Moyes is said to have been lined up by the governing body as the man they want to lead the nation in the long run. As a player, he never got the chance to play for the senior national team, but did appear for the Under-18 side in the 1980s. Prior to Strachan’s appointment in 2013, Scotland have used a variety of coaches in the job. Since long-serving Craig Brown departed, the likes of Berti Vogts, Walter Smith, Alex McLeish and George Burley have served.