A former West Ham manager is being linked with the vacancy with the Scottish national team. And this time, it is not David Moyes.
According to the print edition of The Daily Mail (via The Daily Record), Slaven Bilic is interested in the Scotland job.
A source told The Daily Mail: “Of course, he is missing football and is interested in the Scotland job. He won’t apply for the job but if the SFA contact him, that is different.”
Slaven Bilic at West Ham
Bilic spent two-and-a-half years in the hot seat at West Ham, delivering European football in his first season.
The Croatian boss was a former Hammers player and a popular figure in East London as he played better football than Sam Allardyce.
When he was finally sacked in November 2017, Bilic left West Ham with a 37.8 per cent win rate from his 111 games in charge.
He is still fondly remembered by many West Ham fans despite the poor results towards the end of his tenure.
Difficulties with the Scotland job
Scotland’s national team has serially underperformed for many years now. And Bilic would be tasked with turning things around for the Scots.
But given their pool of players, Scotland should be competing higher than they are. Qualification for a major tournament would be the primary focus for Bilic if he took the job.
Two managers formerly associated with West Ham could pip Bilic to becoming Alex McLeish’s successor, though.