Star Jambo Backs Smith

Written by on February 8, 2018

Walter Smith would be the “safest bet” on the Scottish FA’s long-list for national team manager, says Hearts and Scotland striker Steven Naismith.

The former Rangers and Everton boss, 69, is the favourite among up to eight names being considered by the SFA to succeed Gordon Strachan.

Performance director Malky Mackay, in charge for the November friendly defeat by Netherlands, is also in the frame.

“Walter is the safest of the names bandied about,” said Naismith.

“From personal experience, he is a fantastic man-manager, probably the best I have ever worked with in that regard.

“I have not heard many players saying anything bad about him, even if they were not playing. They respect him. He is the type of manager who, when he walks into a room, he has got that presence.

“He has been there and done it, he knows what it is about. If he is in the running, I think it would be a good choice for the SFA.”

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