Date: 29th January 2007 at 11:40am
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Scotland and Aberdeen legend Alex McLeish has been, as expected, named as the new full time manager of the National team. The involvement of the Dons does not end there as he brings with him two other coaches with Pittodrie affiliations, former player and manager Roy Aitken and former player Andy Watson.

Scottish football`s elite spoke out about the appointment of Alex and naturally wished Big Red well in his new post, all aware of the enormous task that lies ahead. But they believe Alex is the man to do it.

Willie Miller obviously knows more than most what Alex is capable of after spending his career working besides the man from Barrhead.

‘The qualities Alex will bring to the post will be the respect his own international career demands he receives and the admiration he’ll get for the way he handles himself off the park.

He’ll have looked at the Euro 2008 qualifying group sensibly and appreciated that qualification is a long shot. We may be on top of our group but we’re still the underdogs.

And if anything goes wrong in the immediate future the Tartan Army have to understand that blame can’t instantly be laid at Alex’s feet.

We are all paying for the sins of the past where the national team is concerned.

t wasn’t Alex’s previous results that put us in pot four when the draw was made.

The country should try to avoid negativity and see if the big man can guide us to a wee holiday in Austria and Switzerland next year. It’s been a while and we could all do with that kind of break.’

Alex Ferguson, the most highly regarded living Scottish manager and mentor of McLeish backed his former protégé to be a success.

“I think Alex is ideal, I think it`s perfect,”

“He`s had a good grooming in management; he`s been with Motherwell, Hibernian and Rangers. During his 4½ years at Rangers he won trophies and had the experience of dealing with difficult situations.

I think only now, the Rangers fans and the Scottish media recognise what a really good job he did. He did a fantastic job at Rangers because he had even fewer resources than Paul Le Guen, but he still kept them at a very, very good level so he is without question in my mind the ideal choice for the job.”

Alex`s old adversary from his playing days, the man who guided Dundee United to Scottish league title success and a UEFA Cup Final appearance, Jim McLean, knows Alex has now got the hottest seat of them all.

‘Alex McLeish is not blind and will realise the enormity of the task facing him. But the chance to manage your country doesn’t come along very often and there’s no way he could have turned it down.

‘This is far more difficult than any club job he has taken on because there is no money to improve the quality of the squad. He has to work with the tools already at his disposal.

‘It’s always better taking over a team who are struggling because the only way is up.

‘When I took over at Dundee United they had never really won anything so the expectation wasn’t there.

‘But Scotland are as high up the ratings as they can possibly expect to be after beating France. Alex faces an almost impossible task trying to bring out any improvement in this squad.

‘I just don’t think we can become any better with the personnel at Alex’s disposal.

‘However, I hope he proves me wrong and takes us into the finals of a major championship.

‘If qualification can be achieved, and we would need positive results in France and Italy to do that, then it would be one of the greatest managerial achievements.’

Alex`s Team From To Record


uly 13 1994 until February 10 1998

G W L D Win %

156 48 63 45 30.76


ebruary 11 1998 until December 11, 2001

G W L D Win %

164 77 45 42 46.95


ecember 13 2001 until May 8, 2006

G W L D Win %

235 155 36 44 65.95

cotland January 29 2007 until ?

Managerial Honours

Rangers F.C. 2001-2006

cottish Premier League

inners (2): 2003, 2005

unners-Up (2): 2002, 2004

cottish Cup

inners (2): 2002, 2003

cottish League Cup

inners (3): 2002, 2003, 2005

EFA Champions League

ualification for last 32 (1): 2003

ualification for last 16 (1): 2005