Scotland turn back to McLeish

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Scotland turn back to McLeish

Scotland turn back to McLeish

RUSSELL CHEYNE

REUTERS

Alex McLeish has agreed a two-year deal to become Scotland manager for a second time, the 59-year-old replacing Gordon Strachan.

Scotland have appointed Alex McLeish as their new head coach for the second time, the 59-year-old reportedly signing a deal until 2020.

McLeish returns to a role that he previously held for 10 months in 2007, overseeing nine matches and claiming six wins.

He left his role with the national team to join Birmingham City, where he went on to lift the EFL Cup with victory over Arsenal in 2011.

Following a 168-game spell at St Andrew's, McLeish's career has been rather nomadic, enduring difficult tenures with Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Genk and Zamalek.

Soccer Football - Scotland - Alex McLeish Press Conference - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - February 16, 2018 Scotland manager Alex McLeish poses for a photograph

McLeish has been out of work since May 2016 but will now be charged with leading Scotland's quest to reach Euro 2020 – having failed to qualify for their last 10 major tournaments.

The former Aberdeen defender replaces Gordon Strachan in the role, having beaten off competition from the likes of Gary Caldwell and Malky Mackay.

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