Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish insists he has no regrets over his shambolic second reign as Scotland manager – and is adamant he found some success during his time in charge of the national team.
Big Eck was sacked after losing the opening Euro 2020 qualifier 3-0 against Kazakhstan, with Steve Clarke eventually being appointed as his replacement over the summer.
McLeish admits that he “experimented a lot” bringing younger players into the squad and is happy that many of them are permanent members of the group.
“No, I don’t [have regrets] – that’s just football,” he told BBC Scotland.
“You see great managers leaving their jobs, being sacked and getting another job – like Jose Mourinho did [at Spurs] having lost the Manchester United job, and Mauricio Pochettino [being fired from Spurs], which nobody expected.
“For about 12 months I experimented a lot, brought young guys through the system to see if we could promote them to Scotland level. Some make it, some don’t. There has been a little bit of success, a lot of the guys are permanent in the squad now.”
The disappointing start to the qualifying campaign was something Scotland never really recovered from, finishing third in the group and needing to now qualify via the playoffs.
The former Rangers boss was unfairly criticised at times during his time as Scotland boss but anyone taking the national team job just now has something of a thankless task.
It wouldn’t be a surprise now if that was McLeish’s last high-profile role in management as clubs look more and more at younger coaches and recently-retired players to fill the hotseat.