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Next Scotland manager betting odds: David Moyes stays favourite as Sam Allardyce rules out job

Leigh Copson in Football 15 Oct 2017
David Moyes (credit: Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

David Moyes remains the bookmakers’ favourite to become the next Scotland manager after Sam Allardyce ruled himself out of the running to replace Gordon Strachan.

Strachan left the job via “mutual consent” in the wake of Scotland’s failure to secure a place in the play-off stage of World Cup qualifying, and immediately the bookies priced up former Manchester United, Everton and Sunderland boss David Moyes as the favourite to take the reins.

Sam Allardyce. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
However, there was some big movement behind Moyes in the betting as bookmakers slashed their odds on former England chief Allardyce taking the job, but ‘Big Sam’ is now out to 10/1 with Ladbrokes after telling BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme that the timing is ‘wrong’.

“It's very tempting but not at this moment in time,” Allardyce said. “My parents and sister were all born in Scotland, I have heritage from there. I'm enjoying not being involved at the front end of football at the moment. David Moyes would probably be my choice for the Scotland job.
“I don't know [if I will return to football management]. You've always got to have someone else to want you to get a job. At this moment in time I would be very picky and choosy about any potential managerial jobs if I was to go back in, so that makes it very difficult. You never know what might come up, but if it is something where I could bring a lot of success then I could be interested.”

And while Allardyce has ruled himself out of the running to become the first ex-England boss to take charge north of the border, bookmakers’ favourite Moyes (13/8 Ladbrokes) has suggested he too could snub the opportunity to take charge of the national team.

The 54-year-old has claimed there has been no approach from the Scottish FA following Strachan’s departure, but while admitting he would be interested in talking to the SFA he conceded that his number one goal is to return to management at club level following a failed stint at Sunderland.

“There's been no approach from Scotland but I work closely with the SFA,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “Just two weeks ago I was working with their coaches, so they know where I am if they want to speak to me.
“I don't think anyone ever turns down their national team but it's got to be at the right time as well. My first choice would be to go back to club management but if Scotland want to talk I'd be happy to speak to them to see what they have to say.”

Interim boss Malky Mackay is a leading contender having shortened to 9/4 in the betting, and there is quite the jump from there with former midfielder Paul Lambert next up at 8/1 ahead 12/1 Alex McLeish, who has managed Scotland before, and 16/1 shot Derek McInnes of Aberdeen.

Latest Ladbrokes odds:

Next permanent Scotland manager

13/8 David Moyes
9/4 Malky Mackay
8/1 Paul Lambert
10/1 Sam Allardyce
12/1 Alex McLeish
16/1 Derek McInnes
20/1 Alan Stubbs
20/1 Steve Clarke
20/1 Stuart McCall


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