McLeish new manager of Scotland

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Alex McLeish has been named the new Scotland coach. The former Rangers boss has signed a contract until 2010.

Updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Alex McLeish was officially unveiled as the new manager of Scotland at a news conference at Hampden Park on Monday morning. The former Rangers, Motherwell and Hibernian boss replaces Walter Smith who quit to take up he managers job at Rangers. The 48-year-old confirmed that his long-time sidekick Andy Watson would be joining the coaching staff, along with former Scotland captain Roy Aitken. Filled with pride McLeish said he was thrilled at the chance to manage his country. "As I say it's a fantastic day for me. It's a day of pride and I hope to get as much out the job as possible. "I hope to enjoy it and we also hope that we can bring some success to Scotland and continue the progress," he said. McLeish hopes to build on the recent Scotland revival under Smith that sees them top of Group B in Euro 2008 qualifying after four matches, ahead of France, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania, Georgia and Faeroe Islands. Under Smith, the Scots beat France 1-0 at Hampden Park and McLeish knows that the fans want more of the same. Scotland have a B international with Finland next month and face important Euro 2008 qualifiers with Georgia and Italy in March.

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