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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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By ESPN Staff

McLeish looks set to swap Scotland for Birmingham

A tempting World Cup draw might not be enough to keep Alex McLeish from leaving the Scotland job.

Scotland manager McLeish admitted he would consider an approach from Birmingham despite a qualifying draw for the 2010 World Cup which could see the Scots qualify for the finals for the first time in over a decade.

McLeish was in Durban, South Africa, for the draw which lined Scotland up against Holland, Norway, FYR Macedonia and Iceland.

Having been matched with Italy, France and Ukraine for Euro 2008 qualifying, Scotland have a less difficult task ahead of them.

But McLeish may not be around to see the job through, although he insisted a move to the Premier League might be a long way off.

The 48-year-old accepts it would be a big decision to leave Scotland to return to club football.

He said: 'It would be and I've got a lot of thinking to do, if indeed Birmingham approach the SFA and say that they're interested.'

McLeish is the hot favourite with bookmakers for the Birmingham post and is keen to manage in the Barclays Premier League at some stage.

'That is attractive to me, yes, in the long term,' he told Sky Sports News.

'It's maybe something I can look forward to. I really enjoy the Scotland situation and who knows - I could be away in two or three weeks or I could be here for the next five years.

'And it wouldn't faze me to keep working with Scotland and hopefully take them to a World Cup finals.

'It's not so much undecided. If somebody was to come and make an offer or someone was attracted to take me to another club, then that's still to happen and the SFA would probably have to listen and I would have to listen.

'But I don't think at the moment that there's anything happening.'

He added: 'If people are putting a bet on then that's absolutely crazy, because there's absolutely no way I've done anything regarding going to Birmingham at the moment.'