The departure of Alex McLeish from the Scotland managerial job during the last international break has seen a quest for his replacement paramount for the Scottish FA. It is understood that a host of big names have thrown their hat in for the job.

One of the big names linked to the job is Bruce Arena the former coach of the USA who led the country to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup. The experience American coach is believed to be interested in taking charge of the Scotland national team.

Arena has enjoyed relative success in the Major League Soccer in the USA winning titles with DC United, New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy. He also led the USA to three Gold Cup titles during his two stints with the national team.

His second stint with the USA national team ended in disaster as they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Since then he has been out of a job and reportedly wants a shot at taking charge of a European nation.

One thing that counts against Arena is that he has never managed outside his native country and this could be a risk for Scotland considering the tough nature of the European qualifiers. Arena is understood to be on a long list of foreign coaches being considered by the Scottish FA.  Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and Dutch maestro Dick Advocaat have also been touted by media sources.

Scottish managers in the running include former Everton boss David Moyes, Chelsea legend Steve Clarke and Jack Ross.  While Englishman Steve Bruce has also been linked to the job. The Scottish FA is expected to announce the arrival of a new manager before the next round of qualifiers billed for June.

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