Former Aston Villa and Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has been appointed as the next manager of Scotland as reported by Sky Sports sources.

The 59-year-old Glasgow born boss has been heavily linked with the post in recent days with the Scottish Football Association (SFA) having been keen to find a replacement for former manager Gordon Strachan who resigned from his position in October.

It has been reported that McLeish has signed a deal with the SFA until 2020 and he will now look to help guide his country to their first major tournament finals since the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

McLeish is to begin his second spell in charge of Scotland. The former SFWA Footballer of the Year spent 10 months in the role in 2007 when he won 70% of his matches as manager before moving to Birmingham City.

During his time at St Andrews, McLeish helped Birmingham City to promotion to the English Premier League in 2008/2009 before he guided the Blues to an unlikely League Cup success in 2010/2011. Overall, he won 62 of his 168 matches in charge before resigning in June 2011 with the club having been relegated from the top flight.

Since leaving St Andrews, McLeish has gone on to manage both Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest however the Scot struggled to impress with both clubs, lasting just 11 months with Villa and six weeks with Forest.

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