Coyle interested in Scotland job

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Owen Coyle has indicated that he would be interested in taking the vacant manager's post with Scotland
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Owen Coyle has indicated that he would be interested in taking the vacant manager's post with Scotland

Owen Coyle has indicated he would be open to an approach from the Scottish Football Association over the vacant national team manager's job.

Coyle is one of a number of potential candidates who have been linked with the role following the sacking of Craig Levein on November 5. He has been out of work since parting company with Bolton last month after almost three years at the Reebok Stadium.

Speaking at a Tesco Bank Football Challenge event in Glasgow on Thursday, he said: "There is no doubt that the Scotland job is a terrific job for the right candidate."

He continued: "If they (the SFA) felt that I was one of those candidates and they wanted to speak, then, of course, I'm quite happy to listen and see what people think - how they want to progress and what they think of yourself and what you can bring to that job.

"I've worked as hard as a manager as I did as a player and maximised everything I had. Whatever I enter into, I go in giving everything I've got.

"If people felt you were worth speaking to about their club or national job or whatever it is, then I would be flattered if that came to be."

Gordon Strachan remains the bookmakers' favourite to fill the role.

Coyle added: "What I would say, and I've got to give balance to it, is that I think Scotland are very fortunate that they do have many outstanding candidates capable, I think, of ultimately qualifying for major competitions."

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