Craig Levein, who was manager of Leicester City from November 2004 to January 2006, has today been appointed Scotland coach.
Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson wasn’t happy with the way the SFA approached his manager: “We have been treated shabbily but Craig has done a great job for us and leaves the team, and the club as a whole, in a much better position than it was when he arrived here.”
Sadly, that couldn’t be said of his time at Leicester…
City were just below a play-off place in the Championship when Micky Adams handed in his shock resignation, but were threatened with relegation when Levein was sacked.
The former Hearts and Scotland defender was a popular appointment and got off to a promising start at City, Coventry were beaten 3-0 in his first home game. But he appeared to misjudge the widening gap between Scottish and English football and the signings he brought south like: Alan Maybury, Mark de Vries, Stephen Hughes , Momo Sylla and Patrick Kisnorbo failed to perform with any kind of consistency.
City finished 15th in 2004-05, but were sinking into the relegation mire when he was replaced by his assistant Rob Kelly in January 2006.
He is now charged with the mountainous task of reversing the slide of Scottish football and getting them to Euro 2012.
We wish him luck… he’ll need it.