Kris Boyd says Alex McLeish should leave Scotland job ‘as a legend’ and Steve Clarke deserves to be first choice replacement
Alex McLeish should leave his role as Scotland boss ‘as a legend of Scottish football’ and not the man who led the side ‘back to the doldrums’, according to Kris Boyd.
The Kilmarnock striker joined talkSPORT to share his reaction to the news of the manager’s sacking on Thursday afternoon.
McLeish’s second spell in charge at Hampden Park has come to an end following their disastrous start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign – suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan.
They followed that up with a 2-0 win over San Marino but the SFA have taken action, saying the team’s performances over the past year have been below expectations and that Scotland are ‘capable of achieving more’.
McLeish’s exit is a surprise to no one. The manager came under heavy fire from fans following the Kazakhstan defeat – regarded as one of the worst in the national team’s history by many including talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist.
But Boyd insists McLeish deserves respect and recognition from supporters given his achievements as a player.
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Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the ex-Scotland international said: “Alec is a legend of the Scottish game, but has left known as the manager who has taken us back into the doldrums.
“It’s sad, because he won trophies as a player at Aberdeen and he’s the fourth highest capped player for Scotland.
“So, for me, he should leave as a legend of the Scottish game, rather than speak about this short 12 games period he’s had.”
Steve Clarke, Boyd’s manager at Kilmarnock, has been widely tipped as the top candidate to replace McLeish as Scotland manager.
“And rightly so,” added the striker. “When you look at what he’s done at Kilmarnock…
“I don’t know if it’s something the gaffer will fancy. He was out of football for a wee while, he came back into the day-to-day enjoyment of it and he’s been linked with a few clubs back down the road.
“Does he want international football or does he want to continue club football? I don’t know.
“But I can understand why our gaffer is at the top of the list, because of the job he’s done at Kilmarnock.”
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Source: SportsLatest TS