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Thursday, January 25, 2007
Scotland to un-Leish new boss on Monday morning

Alex McLeish is expected to be unveiled as Scotland manager on Monday.

The Scottish Football Association have called a press conference for 11am on Monday, where they will confirm Walter Smith`s successor.

Former Motherwell, Hibernian and Rangers boss McLeish is hotly tipped for the post.

Ex-Scotland captain Gary McAllister was also in the running.

The SFA were keen to make a quick appointment, with crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against Georgia and Italy to be played in March.

McLeish came through two successful interviews with the Hampden hierarchy but is believed to have spent the last 24 hours thrashing out contractual issues, particularly the length of his contract.

Smith's deal lasted only as long as Scotland's involvement with the European Championships, and he opted for a more secure job at Rangers.

McLeish is reported to want a deal until the summer of 2010, when he hopes to have successfully led Scotland to their first World Cup finals in 12 years.

The appointment was further complicated by SFA chief executive David Taylor`s attendance at the UEFA congress in Germany, where the governing body will hold presidential elections.

However, confirmation of a presentation time and date demonstrated the SFA have finally got their man, and the waiting will be over for the Tartan Army at the beginning of next week when Taylor formally introduces the new national team coach at Hampden Park.

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