Sam Allardyce rules himself out of Scotland job and backs David Moyes to succeed Gordon Strachan

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Allardyce has been out of management since leaving Crystal Palace in the summer (Source: Getty)

Former England manager Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out of contention for the Scotland job and nominated ex-Manchester United boss David Moyes as the most suitable successor to Gordon Strachan.

Strachan was sacked last week after Scotland missed out on qualification for next summer’s World Cup. Allardyce, whose parents and sister were born in Scotland, called the position was “very tempting” but insisted he did not want to be considered.

“Not at this moment in time, no, because I’m enjoying not being involved in the front end of football,” he said.

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“I’m fine at the moment. I don’t know where down the line I get the urge to go back in, but whether the job becomes available is another matter. I’m comfortable.”

Allardyce, who has been out of management since steering Crystal Palace to Premier League safety last season, put forward Moyes, who resigned from Sunderland in May after failing to keep them in the top flight.

“I think David Moyes would probably be my choice for that one,” he said.

The former Bolton, Newcastle, and Blackburn boss, 62, said he would be highly selective about any future jobs but indicated that he would be particularly attracted to an overseas role.

“You’d have to say that jobs abroad don’t come to English managers very often but you never know,” he added.

“For me at this moment in time I’d be very picky and choosy about what job I actually chose if I was to go back in. So that makes it difficult to know if I would go back in to management.”

Scotland’s performance director and former Cardiff, Watford and Wigan manager Malky Mackay has taken charge on a temporary basis for next month’s friendly against Holland.

The Scottish Football Association decided not to renew Strachan’s contract on Thursday, four days after a 2-2 draw in Slovenia saw Scotland miss out on qualification for a World Cup play-off.

Allardyce was fired by England chiefs a year ago, having been in charge for just 67 days, after he was filmed telling undercover reporters how to get around rules on third-party ownership of players.

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