McLeish: I spurned offer from Premier League club

August 9, 2007

Scotland manager Alex McLeish has revealed he turned down a recent approach about a job with a Premier League club.

Former Rangers boss McLeish took charge of the national team in January after Walter Smith resigned to embark on a second spell at Ibrox.

McLeish told Real Radio: 'I don't know if many people know about it but I was approached about a bit of interest regarding a job a few weeks ago. I said there was no way I'd leave the Scotland job at this juncture.

'Had this approach come before the Scotland job I would have looked at it.

'But I'm 100% committed to the job I'm in. If I was to declare an interest in this job the Tartan Army would string me up.'

McLeish added: 'I want to clarify that I was not actually offered this job, I was asked if I'd be interested in talking to them.

'It was a representative (who) I believe was acting on behalf of a Premiership club.

'The decision was a doddle. I said it was the wrong time and not for me just now.'

Scotland remain in with a strong chance of qualifying for Euro 2008, and face big matches against Lithuania, France, Ukraine, Georgia and Italy which will make or break their campaign.