A Scot v A German Now O’Neill Has Said No?

Written by on January 23, 2018

Now that Michael O’Neill has said a firm NO to Scotland could it be a German v a Scot for the national team job?

Jurgen Klinsmann

The former Germany and US manager has reached two World Cups.
The former Germany and US manager has reached two World Cups. Reuters/Brian Snyder

Jurgen Klinsmann has enjoyed previous success in international management, managing Germany to a third-placed finish at the 2006 World Cup and the United States to the round of 16 during the 2014 edition.

The German is now out of work after he was sacked by the United States following World Cup qualifying defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica in 2016.

The US failed to secure a spot in Russia after losing to Trinidad & Tobago under new boss Bruce Arena in 2017.

The ex-Spurs star lives in California and the last former German international to manage us had mixed receptions with the Tartan Army [ Berti Vogts ] but Klinsmann is still ambitious according to many pundits and may do the Scotland job for the budget wages offered by the SFA as he doesn’t really need the money.

The blazers at Hampden may be forced to go high profile after taking stick for their pursuit of Michael O’Neill which came to nothing.

Scot Gemmill

Scot Gemmill is doing a solid job with the under-21s.
Scot Gemmill is doing a solid job with the under-21s. SNS

Gemmill has drawn plaudits for his work with the national team at youth level, leaving the 49-year-old as an outside bet for a step up to the senior set-up.

He has steered the Scotland under-21s to steady ground and is ofcourse the son of the man who scored Scotland’s most famous World Cup goal [ Archie Gemmill ] and is admired by the SFA.

The former Scotland midfielder also managed the under-17s to a historic victory over Brazil at the Toulon Tournament.

Untested at the top level in club or senior international football, his promotion would not be without risk.

Alex McLeish has made no secret of the fact he would like the Scotland job for a second time but the SFA may now see his appointment as a backward step with media pressure on those in charge at Hampden.

Derek McInnes, Slaven Billic, Malky Mackay, Tommy Wright and Neil Lennon have all been mentioned as possible candidates for the Scotland job.


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