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Strachan poised to take Scotland job

ESPN staff
January 14, 2013
Gordon Strachan has not managed since leaving Middesbrough in 2010 © Getty Images

Gordon Strachan is set to take on the Scotland job before the end of the week, according to a report in the Daily Record.

Strachan has been sounded out by Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan and president Campbell Ogilvie to become Craig Levein's replacement and is believed to have accepted the role, his first since leaving Middlesbrough in 2010.

The SFA is keen to have the new man in place ahead of the February friendly with Estonia at Pittodrie, as the side sit at the bottom of their World Cup 2014 qualifying group.

Strachan, 55, was capped 50 times as a player and almost became manager in 2004 before Walter Smith took charge. He told ITV in November: "It's quite simple really, it would be an honour to be asked to be the manager of your own national side, it's terrific.

"I could sit here and say 'yes, it would be great' or 'no, it's not for me' but it would also be arrogant of me to answer that if nobody has asked you and presume that someone will ask. Until you've been asked a question about a job, any job, then you really don't know how you'd go about it, that's for sure. I wouldn't have the arrogance to think that someone is going to knock on my door."

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