Jordan wants the Scotland job! Proud Joe admits he wants to succeed sacked Levein
11:26 GMT, 6 November 2012
Out of work: Joe Jordan (left) was Harry Redknapp's assistant at Tottenham until their summer sackings
Joe Jordan is pleased to be mentioned as a possible Scotland manager as the search for Craig Levein's successor begins.
Nearly three weeks since the defeat to Belgium left Scotland bottom of their World Cup qualifying group with two points, the Scottish Football Association announced on Monday that Levein was no longer in charge.
Alex McLeish has ruled himself out of the running to return to the Scotland manager's job but has thrown his weight behind the appointment of Gordon Strachan.
But Jordan, who served as first-team coach
at Tottenham under Harry Redknapp, has welcomed reports linking him with
the Scotland job, with Strachan the favourite for the role among
'I know there will be a lot of names, a lot of speculation,' Jordan, who has managed Hearts, Stoke and Bristol City, told BBC Radio 5 Live.
'I am Scottish, I'm a proud Scotsman and a person that wants to work.
Pride of Scotland: Jordan has built a fearsome reputation as a player (above) and in the dugout (below, with AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso in February 2011)
Contenders for the Scotland job
Interviewed for the job before Walter Smith took over in December 2004 before going on to lead Celtic to three consecutive titles and the last 16 of the Champions League. Has been out of a job since resigning from a poor spell at Middlesbrough but his success at Celtic and international playing career would make him a popular choice among many fans.
The only Scot to score at three World Cup finals tournaments is still a hero of the Tartan Army but his last permanent management job ended in 1997, with Bristol City. Jordan has more recently been Harry Redknapp's assistant at Portsmouth and Tottenham.
Recently sacked by relegated Bolton but earned respect for his previous roles at St Johnstone and Burnley along with his handling of Fabrice Muamba's health problems at Wanderers. The Glasgow-born former Airdrie, Dundee United and Motherwell striker represented the Republic of Ireland after being overlooked by Scotland.
Turned around Scotland's fortunes after the turbulent reign of Berti Vogts but his departure for Rangers in the middle of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, and his cautious tactics, would mean his re-appointment would be greeted less than unanimously. The 64-year-old had already said he would not return to the role before he retired last year.
The former Motherwell manager has been out of work since June 2011 despite an impressive record in the Championship, where he led Preston, Derby and Nottingham Forest to the play-offs a total of five times, succeeding with County. The former protege of Craig Brown has stated that his reputation as a difficult employee has been exaggerated.
The SFA's performance director is unlikely to be taken away from his crucial task of improving the talent pool in the long term. But the Dutchman could have a significant input into the appointment and possibly lead the SFA to a leftfield candidate.
Another who has previously been interviewed for the post, before George Burley took over in January 2008. His last coaching job, at Newcastle, ended in 2006 and the television pundit would have to rely on his stature as a player and charisma rather than his managerial record, which has been patchy since leaving Rangers in 1991.
Capped 40 times by Scotland, the Motherwell manager has earned plaudits for leading the Lanarkshire side to the Scottish Cup final and Champions League qualifiers. Recently laughed off his perceived position as a contender but his ability to lift morale could make him an SFA target.
The Scotland Under 21 manager has been handed temporary control after impressing in the role, leading his side to the play-offs and then second place in his two European qualifying campaigns.
'And, for my name to be mentioned, yes, it's nice to be linked with the national job.'
McLeish, out of a job since being sacked at Aston Villa at the end of last season, told talkSPORT: 'I left the national team to take up club football.
'I felt I was missing the day-to-day stuff. I wouldn't like to be unfair to Scotland fans in terms of coming back to the job and being a hypocrite.
'I don't want to come out and say I don't want the Scotland job, I'd never want to say that. But I do feel I've still got some time left in club football and that's what I want to focus on.
'There's nothing really pending, I had to have break after Aston Villa and now I've got itchy feet again.'
Strachan has emerged as one of the favourites to succeed Levein and McLeish believes it would be a shrewd appointment.
'Gordon looks a pretty good choice to me,' McLeish added.
'He's had great success at club level with Celtic. Whether he wants to come away from his TV role, because he's very good at that, is a big decision for him to make.'
SFA board, led by chief executive Stewart Regan and president Campbell
Ogilvie, held talks with Levein last Tuesday before a final verdict was
reached on Monday.
SFA were criticised for prolonging the decision by many, including
George Peat, who was president of the organisation when Levein was
appointed in December 2009.
Peat told BBC Scotland: 'I can't
believe that it took three weeks to make a decision. To be honest, it
could have been made in a couple of days.
'I certainly would have had the decision made long ago.
'What's disappointed me is that I believe there weren't really meetings held.
'My understanding was that most of
this was done by conference call and I cannot believe that such an
important decision was left to a conference call.
'I've had many a conference call in my time and they are not satisfactory at all.'
Another former Scotland striker, John
Robertson, believes Levein was starting to take the nation forward but
ultimately paid the price for a poor run of results.
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Levein's reign was brought to an end on Monday – with the SFA citing his reluctance to carry on beyond the end of this World Cup campaign.
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The former Dundee United boss won
just three of his 12 competitive matches and had collected just two
points from their opening four games in World Cup qualifying.
Yet Robertson, who won 16 caps for his country between 1990 and 1995, thinks some context needs to be given to that record.
been been up and down. We've got a lot of lads who are playing in the
Premiership and Championship in England,' he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
'He's done well and he's got some young lads who had a Scots leverage to play for us.
'But the results haven't been there.
It's a strange one because his competitive record doesn't look great.
He's won three, drawn four, lost five but two of those losses were
against Spain and I can't remember the last time Spain lost a qualifying
match in any competition. Take those two out and it's a reasonable record.
'Overall, he's won 10, he's lost nine and he's drawn five and that's been deemed not good enough and a lot of those were friendlies.
'It's a difficult one. He's worked extremely, extremely hard.'
As well as Jordan and Strachan, Kenny Dalglish has also been linked with the post although Robertson concedes whoever takes charge faces a tough challenge.
'It's a hard job. The Tartan Army demand a lot, the press demand a lot. The players are certainly talented but it's getting the results, you have to get results as a manager,' Robertson added.
'I don't see the benefit of changing mid-campaign because if one of the big guns that they're talking about – Strachan, Dalglish, Joe Jordan – come in and don't do well for the rest of the campaign they could be under pressure before the end of this campaign finishes.'
That's your lot, Levein…
Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam has blamed the press for the sacking of Craig Levein as national team manager. 'Can't believe the Scottish papers got what they wanted,' he said.
John Greechan gave his take on Levein's sacking in the SCOTTISH DAILY MAIL today:
'There remains a note of defeatism at home and abroad, an argument that our players are just too incompetent, too feeble in terms of ability, versatility and physique, to succeed in the demanding world of international football – regardless of who is in charge.
'Accept that if you like. Some of us will continue to argue that, marshalled correctly by a manager sufficiently diligent and intelligent to recognise not only the weaknesses but strengths at his disposal, Scotland at least have a slugger's shot of punching above their weight.'