Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes rules out Scotland job
"I would like to be the Scotland manager at some point, but right now I would miss the day-to-day involvement of being a club manager."
Last Updated: 17/05/19 10:38pm
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Scotland manager's job.
McInnes was reportedly on a three-man shortlist - alongside Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke and Scotland U21 boss Scot Gemmill - to succeed Alex McLeish, who was sacked by the SFA a month ago.
The Aberdeen boss admitted last month that managing Scotland is one of his career ambitions, but Dons vice-chairman Dave Cormack said on Wednesday that McInnes would not be leaving the club at this stage.
Speaking ahead of Sunday's trip to Hibernian, McInnes said it is not the right time for him to consider the Scotland vacancy, insisting he is open to extending his contract at Pittodrie, which expires next summer.
"I see myself as a club manager at this stage of my career," McInnes said.
"I would like to be the Scotland manager at some point, but right now I would miss the day-to-day involvement of being a club manager.
"I wouldn't be against sitting down with the chairman about a contract extension, but right now our focus should be on the rebuilding of the squad."
The SFA are keen to have their new manager in place early next week to give him plenty of time to ponder squad options for Scotland's crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium next month.
You can see both of Scotland's qualifiers live on Sky Sports Football.