Moyes favourite for Scotland job

David Moyes is the leading contender with the bookmakers to replace Gordon Strachan as Scotland manager. Strachan left the role by 'mutual consent' having failed to guide his country to a spot at the 2018 World Cup after they could only manage a 2-2 draw in their decisive game away to Slovenia. That result meant they could only finish third in Group F, behind Slovakia on goal difference and miss out on the final play-off spot. 

With the position now vacant, Moyes has quickly become installed as the favourite to take the reigns. The former Everton and Manchester United boss is currently out of work, having left Sunderland in May. Though his stock has fallen considerably since his Goodison Park days, taking over the national team would allow Moyes an attempt to rebuild his faltering career. However it would still represent a serious challenge and could the 54-year-old really take the risk? He has experience of managing in European competitions and with all due respect to Scotland, is probably as high a profile candidate as they are likely to attract. He is the favourite across the board with all of the leading bookmakers and priced the time of writing at odds of 2/1 with Boylesports.

Second favourite for the role is Malky Mackay. The 45-year-old is currently employed by the SFA as its performance director, with his role based around monitoring the development of the nation's young players. Given he is already employed the association, it could work massively in his favour. He has previously had spells in charge of Cardiff, which ended in controversy and also Wigan. It's hardly the most glittering of c.v's and given the nature of the past allegations of racist, sexist and homophobic jibes made by Mackay, you have to wonder if the SFA would really appoint him as manager. Still, the bookies clearly think it's possibility and he's currently available at 9/2 for the job with Coral.

Paul Lambert is another name that has been touted and the former Aston Villa manager is a best priced of 8/1 at present with Ladbrokes. He's available after leaving Wolves at the end of last season and has previously played and captained for his country including at the 1998 World Cup. His recent club jobs have not exactly brought rip-roaring success so it's another name that Scotland fans will struggle to get excited about. 

Other potential candidates include Sam Allardyce, Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill and a former Scotland manager in Alex McLeish. It's David Moyes however who is in driving seat at present.

Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 13/10/2017 - 10:09 AM
Filed in:- Football Betting News, Manchester United

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