Next for Hampden from Fir Park?
Updated Tuesday, 17th November 2009
The hunt for a new Scotland manager is rightly at the centre of football debate at the moment. Recent history has seen a strong link between Motherwell and the top job. Will the pattern continue?
Craig Brown, Alex McLeish and George Burley have all spent time Fir Park before moving to Hampden and even Mark McGhee came within a whisper following the resignation of Walter Smith.
Brown was assistant to Willie McLean in the 1970s and this grounding in management culminated with his appointment to the Scotland job in 1993. Visits to Euro 96 and France 98 were to follow and he delivered an impressive 32 wins from 70 games.
McLeish moved to Motherwell in 1994 in his first managerial post and he played on three occasions for the first team in his first year. His reign saw us finish in second place as he enjoyed the fruits of Tommy Mclean's labours in earlier years. He left in 1998 for Easter Road before gaining the appointment to Scotland in January 2007. Andy Watson, his assistant at Fir Park, joined him. His ten month spell on the job included the win in Paris (thanks to McFadden's spectacular strike) and 7 wins from 10 games. He left for Birmingham City in November 2007.
The last incumbent in the Hampden hot seat was George Burley. He joined Motherwell as a player in 1989 and played for two years before moves to Ayr and Falkirk. He returned for a second spell in 1994 and amassed 59 league appearances in total. His ill-fated appointment to the Scotland job was made in January 2008 when he pipped Motherwell manager McGhee to the job.
So, what of the future? Although Levein and Smith are the bookies favourites for the job there are a couple of outsiders with Fir Park connections. BetFred has Gary McAllister at 5/1 while Ladbrokes doubles the odds at 10/1 meanwhile Billy Davies is listed at anything from 10/1 with Hills to 14/1 with Bet365.
If a wild outsider is your fancy then what about the following Motherwell connections?
Mark McGhee 25/1
Eric Black 25/1
Owen Coyle 25/1
Craig Brown 33/1
Paul Lambert 33/1
Terry Butcher 66/1