Gary Caldwell admitted that he has applied for the vacant Scotland job this morning… but the country’s football fans desperately don’t want the former Celtic and Hibs defender to be their next manager.
The SFA have been on the search for a new manager since Gordon Strachan left his post in October.
Stewart Regan had earmarked Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill as his first-choice to replace Strachan, however, he sensationally turning down the opportunity.
And while O’Neill’s decision has sent the SFA back to the drawing board, Caldwell has now emerged as a potential candidate.
The 35-year-old, who retired in 2015, earned 55 Scotland caps during his career and feels he has “a lot to offer”… if he were to take the country’s top job.
Caldwell also told the BBC that he’s already held conversations with Regan and feels he could make a difference:
Gary Caldwell has applied for the vacant Scotland manager's job and has already spoken with Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan.
The SFA are meeting today and will discuss the managerial vacancy. pic.twitter.com/efvho3N45h
— BBC Sportsound (@BBCSportsound) February 1, 2018
However, despite his eloquent and clearly passionate views on the national team, plenty of Scotland fans are hoping the SFA choose another candidate:
Why are we eve giving him an interview
— hibees (Alan) (@cabbage0762) February 1, 2018
— Michael Beattie (@DrBeattie23) February 1, 2018
— Leigh (@shedgal83) February 1, 2018
??? geez peace Gary
— ross (@roscomck) February 1, 2018
His record at our club, Chesterfield FC, speaks for itself. He dragged us to the bottom of the football league, his signings have been mainly terrible and rumours abound of his prickly attitude, especially with young players.
— Dionysius☦ (@Dmarpswall) February 1, 2018
Well the SFA won’t need to worry about using hampden or murryfield if the Scotland job is given to either Caldwell or gemmell! They’ll need to decide if broadwood or The Excelsior are still too big!!! Fucking bonkers.
— Stephen Wallace (@walli10068) February 1, 2018
No nonono and no again.
He does not have a clue.
Failed at Chesterfield took them to bottom of division 2 and heading for non lesgue oblivion.
— Jim P N.Derbys.loyal (@Blueblade56) February 1, 2018
Just checking to make sure it's February the 1st & not April 1st #fools
— Telstar Tam (@Bayview71) February 1, 2018
If he gets the job am moving to England
— Chris (@BigTamWeeDan) February 1, 2018
— Marc Forrester (@marcf1874) February 1, 2018
Down in the depths at the bottom of the barrel now… no disrespect… watched you at Celtic… not for me… good luck if you get it though… I’ll be behind whoever lands the job
— flash (Gordon Ross) (@flash_guitarist) February 1, 2018
— Longy (@longydfc) February 1, 2018
Caldwell has had two jobs in management since retiring from playing, his first with Wigan where he lead the Latics back to the English Championship following their relegation to League One.
He then took the Chesterfield job in January 2016, but was sacked just eight months later with the club struggling to survive in League Two.