Scot Gemmill surprise favourite for Scotland job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 30 January 2018, 16:43

Scotland’s search for a new manager has hit a brick wall since No.1 target Michael O’Neill rejected their advances in order to stay on with Northern Ireland.

Alex McLeish, Gary Caldwell, Malky Mackay and Alan Stubbs continue to be linked with the post, but developments - in the betting at least - have been made over the last 24 hours after these gaffers made way for Scot Gemmill at the top of the market (7/2, Paddy Power).

According to The Scotsman the SFA are now set to discuss the prospect of Gemmill becoming the Next Scotland manager in a board meeting on Thursday.

Gemmill, son of footballing father Archie, made 26 appearances for Scotland as a player - scoring once - and was included in The Tartan Army squads at both the 1998 World Cup and Euro 1996 tournaments.

In terms of coaching experience, he learned the ropes at Oxford United and New Zealand Knights, before taking up the position of head coach at the Scotland U17 side. Under Gemmill the youngsters advanced through to the 2014 European Championship semi-finals, losing out to Netherlands.

Gemmill went on to manage the country’s U19 and U20 sides, leading the latter to an historic victory over Brazil - the first time any Scotland side had achieved this - at the 2017 Toulon Tournament.

Since September 2016 the 47-year-old has been managing Scotland U21s, but now according to Report Sport, he’s eager to make the step up once again to the national side.

Gemmell may lack managerial experience at senior level, but his work with the youth teams has been very impressive, while he’ll have worked with many members of the first team squad. The job may have come slightly too soon, but considering the lack of candidates, why not give him a chance?

On a side note, Wikipedia informs us that Scot Gemmill’s first name is in fact short for “Scotland” so it makes sense that the SFA name Scotland as the new Scotland manager...!

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