Gordon Strachan not surprised O’Neill snubbed Scotland and wants Scot to get job

first_imgGordon Strachan has told talkSPORT he wants his successor as Scotland boss to be Scottish.The Scottish Football Association is still searching for a replacement for Strachan, who departed his post in October, after Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill turned down the job.“It is meant to be a Scotland team so Scotland players, a Scotland coach, I prefer it that way,” said Strachan, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT’s Kick Off show.“Same with England, same with Ireland, Wales as well. That is your national team so that’s the way I would go, unless you are a country that is developing in football that you need a coach to help you along.”Strachan admits he was not surprised that O’Neill, who he coached when Coventry boss, turned down the job after talks with the SFA.“When I met Michael first of all when I started coaching him at Coventry, he always asked questions, he was always willing to take information but at the end of the day he was his own man,” he said.“There was a lot to be thinking about. He could have easily went with it – he lives in Scotland – and he has had a look at it and for whatever reason, I don’t know, he has decided to stay with a group of people that he has worked very well with for the last five years. He knows the people there.“Sometimes you get so long to think, there is so many things come into your thinking and you think well, it seems like a good idea at a time but the longer you have to think of it you think maybe it is not such a good idea.”last_img

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