Craig Levein has been confirmed as George Burley's successor as Scotland national coach, with the 45-year-old signing a two-and-a-half year contract that sees him charged with negotiating qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012™.
Scotland had been without a manager since Burley was dismissed last month following a 3-0 friendly defeat by Wales that came on the back of a failure to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Scottish Football Association (SFA) subsequently cast their net to find a replacement and have now successfully prised Levein from his post at Dundee United FC, where he enjoyed three years at the helm.
"As a proud Scotland fan, it is a dream come true to take charge of the national team," said the former Heart of Midlothian FC and Leicester City FC manager. "I very much enjoyed my time at Dundee United and would like to thank everyone associated with the club for their support, but I felt that this was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. I was delighted to put pen to paper today and now I can't wait to get started as we prepare for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign."
Gordon Smith, SFA chief executive, said: "Craig was the unanimous choice of the board and brings a wealth of experience as a player – including 16 international caps for Scotland – and as a coach. He has established a firm reputation as one of the most respected managers in the country and has already expressed his excitement at leading Scotland into the qualification campaign for Euro 2012 and beyond."
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