Those criticising Scotland manager Alex McLeish needs to direct their anger in people that employed him, says former national team striker Steven Thompson.

The Scottish FA said that they had no immediate plans to talk McLeish’s future after reports on Thursday said he would be sacked within a day.

McLeish was under pressure since last week’s abject opening Euro 20 20 qualification conquer in Kazakhstan.

“Who’s their responsibility? They have no short term contracts where we can start looking in them and bin them when they’ve not done well enough.

“I want Alex to remain but if they sack him, they have another manager prearranged and it be somebody impressive.”

The visit a manager to displace Gordon Strachan in late 2017 had been lead by Scottish FA president Alan McRae and vice president Rod Petrie.

After a failed pursuit of Northern Ireland’s Michael O’Neill, McLeish was appointed to get Another spell in charge.

But the 2-0 triumph over San Marino on Sunday was just a fifth in 12 matches and Scotland’s fans booed when a picture of the manager appeared to the big screen.

Despite being under evaluation by early in his reign, McLeish guided Scotland to a Nations League playoff place by finishing ahead of Israel and Albania.

“For the last straw are the very first game of a campaign sounds really strange,” said Thompson, who played under McLeish in Rangers.

“I know everybody is about an anti-Alex campaign and he was not my first choice, or my second or next, but it’s not his fault he had been requested to come in and help.

“People were looking forward to a slip upward and Kazakhstan had been a cataclysmic one. But he’s put us to the Nations League play-offs and I believe we will qualify them through “

‘Thank God I’m not doing that anymore’ – Levein

One of McLeish’s predecessors, Craig Levein, said that the criticism after the opening 2 qualifiers is”nonsense” and makes him grateful he is not any longer at the position.

Hearts boss Levein was Scotland manager for 36 months from 2009, before being sacked after failing to hit Euro 2012 and also a disappointing start to the World Cup 2014 eligibility effort.

“It simply makes me think’thank God I’m not doing that any more’. It’s nonsense, the whole lot,” Levein explained.

“We are a playoff from qualifying throughout the Nations League. I think everybody else has to relax a bit. It seems that everyone is in such a hurry to hand stick out. And it doesn’t help the manager also it doesn’t help the players.

“You’ll find deeper lying issues and I think we need to take only a step back and also have a tiny patience. I am aware we are not planning to but we haven’t any decision “

‘Decision likely sooner instead of after’ – analysis

BBC Scotland sports news correspondent Chris McLaughlin

The mood music around McLeish’s future is apparently that of change – that the amounts on the FA board that feel that way have been steadily growing. A conversation between manager and executive happened on Wednesday night also, although no decision was made about McLeish’s future, it resembles one will be made sooner rather than after. A board amassing would need to happen for a sacking to be warranted and, even as it stands, there’s nothing at the journal. Movement in a few days though, will be likely.

Former Australia striker Scott McDonald on Sportsound

The adverse vibe is not going to go away and it’s appearing threatening. The FA’s biggest problem was that there was no planB. They enable Gordon Strachan go then put all their eggs in 1 basket with Michael O’Neill but were left with their pants down. They had to bring in Alex, that was just about the only real candidate, as who else had the ability and the calibre to take control? Instead, they talk about developing grass roots football, however the Scottish FA ought to do exactly the same for managers and coaches. Consider England, they have taken Gareth Southgate from the under 21s and given him that the full job.


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