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Next Scotland manager betting odds: Michael O'Neill still Even money favourite for Scotland job

Leigh Copson 11 Jan 2018
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill (credit: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Michael O’Neill remains the Even money favourite to become the next Scotland manager amid reports that the Scottish FA’s pursuit of the Northern Ireland boss is “in the balance”.

The SFA have been on the hunt for a new boss since the decision was made not to offer Gordon Strachan a new contract in the wake of the national team’s latest failure to qualify for a major international tournament, and prior to last November’s friendly defeat to the Netherlands the SFA confirmed that caretaker boss Malky Mackay would not be handed the reins on a permanent basis.

Chief executive Stewart Regan also revealed that the ruling body may not make an appointment until this summer, and that led to speculation that the number one target could be a manager that is currently employed – and it also led to rumours that the man in question was Northern Ireland chief O’Neill, who would have been taking his team to next summer’s World Cup had they beaten Switzerland in the play-offs.

That did not happen though, and O’Neill – who lives in Edinburgh – refused to discuss his future in the wake of Northern Ireland’s play-off defeat, telling reporters they were asking an “unreasonable question”. That did not stop the bookies from slashing the odds on him becoming the next Scotland manager though, and he remains BetVictor’s Even money favourite to replace Strachan.

However, the Northern Irish FA have reportedly offered a lucrative four-year deal to the man who guided them to the 2016 European Championship finals and the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup, and reports claim that talks between the two parties have been positive and that he could opt to remain in charge of Northern Ireland.

That would leave the Scottish FA having to look elsewhere for Strachan’s replacement and, according to BetVictor, the leading contender is a man who has held the national team reins once before, Alex McLeish.

McLeish led Scotland to two famous wins over France as they came up agonisingly short in their quest to qualify for Euro 2008, but since then he has struggled to make much of an impact in the club game and BetVictor is now 5/1 that he attempts to resurrect his managerial career on the international stage as manager of Scotland.

Former midfielder Paul Lambert is still believed to be a contender at 5/1, having previously admitted his interest in the post, while highly-rated Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is considered a 16/1 shot having recently snubbed the opportunity to take charge of Rangers. Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke is also priced up at 16/1.

Latest BetVictor Odds

Next permanent Scotland manager

EVS Michael O’Neill
7/2 Alex McLeish
5/1 Paul Lambert
16/1 Derek McInnes
16/1 Steve Clarke
20/1 Malky Mackay
25/1 Alex Neil
25/1 Stuart McCall
25/1 Tommy Wright


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Next Scotland manager betting odds: Michael O'Neill still Even money favourite for Scotland job

Michael O’Neill remains the Even money favourite to become the next Scotland manager amid reports that the Scottish FA’s pursuit of the Northern Ireland boss is “in the balance”.

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