Levein to be interviewed for Scotland post

Craig Levein today confirmed he would meet with the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to discuss succeeding George Burley as Scotland boss.

The SFA have requested permission to speak to the Dundee United manager, who has been one of the favourites for the role since Burley was sacked a month ago.

Levein revealed this morning he would speak to United chairman Stephen Thompson before meeting up with the SFA to hear what they have to say.

The 45-year-old told Sky Sports News: “I’ll take the team for training this morning and then head to Tannadice to have a meeting with the chairman.

“Whatever we decide I will meet with the Scottish FA to hear what they have to say.”

United director Derek Robertson signalled the club’s determination to hang on to Levein, who has spent more than three years in charge at Tannadice.

Robertson said: “I can confirm we have had a direct approach from the Scottish FA requesting to speak to our manager.

“Craig Levein is under a long-term contract at Tannadice and we would like to keep him.”

Thompson was today believed to be pondering his reaction to the SFA's approach.

The organisation’s chief executive, Gordon Smith, revealed earlier this week there were some eye-catching names among the applicants to replace Burley.

Burley was sacked last month after a 3-0 friendly defeat in Wales which followed a failed 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The SFA hope to appoint his successor before the European Championship qualifying draw on February 7.

Levein has made a good impression at Tannadice, despite being hampered by injury and suspension so far this season.

The former Hearts and Leicester boss has so far been unable to call upon last term’s top scorer Francisco Sandaza or captain Lee Wilkie.

United are currently fourth in the SPL, seven points behind pacesetters Rangers, who beat them 3-0 on Tuesday.

Levein led the Tangerines to fifth last season, a position which would have been better had they picked up more than a single point from their last four games.

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