Printer Friendly

Football: SCOTS JOB: IT'S RIOCH VERSUS 3 FOREIGNERS; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: IAIN CAMPBELL

THE SFA are facing an agonising decision over whether to appoint a foreign boss ahead of a Scotsman to replace Craig Brown.

Bruce Rioch remains the only home grown boss still in the race after Hampden bosses cut the short-list to four candidates.

And as Mirror Sport revealed last Saturday, former Scotland skipper Rioch is the main rival to long time favourite Berti Vogts.

Rangers though have unwittingly boosted former Arsenal manager Rioch's chances by appointing another Scot, Alex McLeish, as their new boss earlier this week.

The Ibrox club's decision has switched the recent trend towards foreign bosses as managers.

Vogts and Rioch remain top of a short list which also includes Japan's French coach Philippe Troussier and former Parma boss Nevio Scala.

Scala, like Rioch, is free

to take up the job immediately, while Scotland would not be able to secure Troussier's services until after next year's World Cup.

And while the SFA could appoint a temporary manager for the next six months, it seems unlikely they will wait that long to get their new man in place with the Euro 2004 draw just a month away.

Troussier, though, is keen to throw down a strong challenge to Vogts and Rioch.

He said: "I have already declared that I will not stay in Japan after the World Cup. I have said that so everybody knows that I am looking for another job.

"If any offer from the SFA comes after the World Cup it would be a great challenge to me.

"I would like to decide on my next job as early as January if possible. The sooner the better.

"I think Scotland has such a great history and has a great reputation as a team. I feel honoured to have been listed as a candidate for the job by the SFA.

"I think it is the kind of evidence that the job I am doing with the Japan national team is highly valued by people overseas."

Scala also revealed his hand and disclosed that he had "recently" held talks with the SFA.

He said: "The role of Scotland coach is seen as an important job, not only in Scotland, but outside of the country as well.

"And, of course, if I got the job I would move to Scotland.

"I don't think language would be a problem. I have been working in Turkey where I have spoken in a mix of Italian and German and I do have some English."

But while the Frenchman and the Italian are talking up their chances, Mirror Sport understands the real race is still between the Scot and the German.

The SFA want to make the appointment before the January draw and Vogts is still under contract to the Kuwaitis.

So it could be the dark horse Rioch, heavily endorsed by previous Scotland bosses Andy Roxburgh and Brown, could yet win the race.

CAPTION(S):

INTEREST: Donald Troussier
COPYRIGHT 2001 MGN LTD
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2001 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2001
Words:490
Previous Article:Football: SHEARER CHASES BIG HIT.
Next Article:Football: JAMES AIMS FOR TOP.


Related Articles
Big bet was I'd get the axe by Xmas!
Colin's Scot it sussed.
RIOCH:; His last interview.
RIOCH:IT'S A RIP-OFF!; We're paying over the odds.
Rioch had no; warmth. He didn't strut like George; Says PETER HILL-WOOD.
Football: SCOTLAND WANT RIOCH; EXCLUSIVE Bruce battles it out with Vogts to be our new national coach.
Scots eye German.
Football: I'll battle Smith and Strachan for job of my dreams; HUNGRY RIOCH STAKES HIS CLAIM.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters