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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Davies out of contention for Scotland job

Billy Davies has pulled out of the race to become the next Scotland manager.

The Scottish Football Association stepped up their bid to find the successor to Alex McLeish yesterday by asking Celtic, Motherwell and Southampton for permission to speak to Tommy Burns, Mark McGhee and George Burley respectively.

Graeme Souness and Billy Davies, who are currently not working as managers, were also on the short-list.

However, the former Preston and Derby boss told the Scottish Daily Express: 'My representative got a call from the SFA to say I was on the short-list, and then he took another call to say they wanted to speak to me about the job.

'We were informed they wanted to get me involved in the process, and it was then that we told them we would not be taking things any further.'

Davies' representative, Jim Price, confirmed his client is no longer interested in the post.

He said: 'We had been told that Billy Davies was on the SFA short-list for the manager's position - but that's as far as it had gone.'

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