Graeme Souness not interested in Scotland job

 

Graeme Souness has hailed Joe Jordan as the “perfect” candidate to become Scotland's next manager.

The Scottish Football Association began the search for a new national team boss after sacking Craig Levein on November 5.

Souness, who ruled himself out of the running, also believes Gordon Strachan has the credentials for the job, but says he would opt for Jordan.

Jordan has managed Bristol City, Hearts and Stoke and most recently worked as first-team coach under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham.

Souness said: "I think your man is Joe Jordan. He would be my choice if I was making the decision. He's an obvious candidate. Everyone knows the passion that Joe showed when he was a player. He would be perfect. He fits the bill.

"He's knowledgeable, he has worked at the highest level, played at the highest level and is extremely passionate. He's your man.

"Joe would obviously do things differently; whoever gets the job will do it differently.

"He has vast experience at international level and has operated in the highest league down in England for the last 10 years, working with good people.

"He's extremely knowledgeable and he's an intelligent football man."

Strachan was quickly installed as the bookmakers' favourite for the role and Souness added: "He's another real genuine candidate. In fact, him and Joe would be the outstanding candidates."

However, there is no chance of the former Liverpool and Rangers boss throwing his own hat into the ring.

Souness was on a four-man shortlist when Levein's predecessor George Burley landed the job but has no interest this time around.

Asked if he would be open to an approach from the SFA, he said: "No, it's not for me.

"I'm older, not necessarily wiser, but I'm certainly older and I just feel it's not for me at this time. It's not something I would consider."

Levein was sacked following a poor start to the World Cup qualifying campaign, which left Scotland bottom of the group without a win after four matches.

Souness added: "Management full stop is very hard, but when you're the manager of a national team it's not as though you can go out and buy players. You've got a group of players and you've got to make the most of it.

"There is an element of luck in every football match and sometimes it doesn't go for you.

"I wouldn't be critical of Craig Levein in any shape or form, but I can fully understand why the SFA felt they had to make a change.

"Craig might look back and think he could have done things differently but it's a hard, hard job.

"When you think of the game in Cardiff last month (a 2-1 defeat to Wales), it was hard on Scotland.

"I don't think we played badly in the first half, we had a perfectly good goal disallowed and those are things that can get you the sack. Little daft decisions like that can get you the sack.

"Management is a hard job but you know when you go into management there is a real chance you are going to end up with the sack. I'm sure Craig was fully aware of that when he went into the job."

Despite ruling himself out of the running, Souness does not believe the Scotland job is now a poisoned chalice.

He said: "Without being critical of the present group of players, it's not the most talented group of players Scotland have ever had. But there are some very good players in there and they all appear to give their all when I watch them play.

"You just need a little bit of belief, a bit of luck, and that can change everything. You go on a roll and then you become a very difficult team to play against.

"The last Scotland game I came to was against Italy here at Hampden. We should have beaten Italy that day and, with a bit of luck, we would have done.

"The margins are so fine and you just need that little bit of edge sometimes and I don't think Craig enjoyed that. I think he was a bit unfortunate."

PA

Voices
Lucerne’s Hotel Château Gütsch, one of the lots in our Homeless Veterans appeal charity auction
charity appeal
Arts and Entertainment
Tony Hughes (James Nesbitt) after his son Olly disappeared on a family holiday in France
tv
News
people

Jo from Northern Ireland was less than impressed by Russell Brand's attempt to stage a publicity stunt

Sport
Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe (left) is congratulated by winning penalty taker Miguel Llera (right)
football
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The Apprentice candidates Roisin Hogan, Solomon Akhtar, Mark Wright, Bianca Miller, Daniel Lassman
tvReview: But which contestants got the boot?
Life and Style
A woman walks by a pandal art installation entitled 'Mars Mission' with the figure of an astronaut during the Durga Puja festival in Calcutta, India
techHow we’ll investigate the existence of, and maybe move in with, our alien neighbours
Arts and Entertainment
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels ride again in Dumb and Dumber To
filmReview: Dumb And Dumber To was a really stupid idea
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Ian McKellen tempts the Cookie Monster
tvSir Ian McKellen joins the Cookie Monster for a lesson on temptation
News
i100
Travel
Tourists bask in the sun beneath the skyscrapers of Dubai
travelBritish embassy uses social media campaign to issue travel advice for festive holiday-makers in UAE
Arts and Entertainment
Jennifer Saunders stars as Miss Windsor, Dennis's hysterical French teacher
filmJennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress
Life and Style
tech
Sport
Nabil Bentaleb (centre) celebrates putting Tottenham ahead
footballTottenham 4 Newcastle 0: Spurs fans dreaming of Wembley final after dominant win
Voices
Jimmy Mubenga died after being restrained on an aircraft by G4S escorts
voicesJonathan Cox: Tragedy of Jimmy Mubenga highlights lack of dignity shown to migrants
Life and Style
Sebastian Siemiatkowski is the 33-year-old co-founder and CEO of Klarna, which provides a simple way for people to buy things online
tech
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum