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Alex McLeish has ruled out a possible return as Scotland manager but insisted the job is "not a poisoned chalice".

McLeish enjoyed a successful spell in charge of the national side before making the switch to Birmingham two years ago. But he has no desire at this stage of his career to take over from George Burley, who was sacked earlier this week.

McLeish said: "I said after the World Cup exit that the Scottish FA (Football Association) should back George but you knew he would be scrutinised in every game and, if he didn't get results in the first couple, he would be under pressure again."

He added: "Unfortunately, results never went for George. Circumstances were difficult but no one has sympathy for that side of things, like injuries and not being able to pick your best players.

"It can cost managers their jobs but in Scotland they have got to look forward."

McLeish continued: "Is it a job I would want to return to now? No. I've got a fantastic challenge here at Birmingham.

"I am really enjoying it and building a team and infrastructure which hopefully can keep us in the Premier League for a few seasons to come.

"I loved my time with Scotland, a fantastic journey which was part of my education in football and it is a phenomenal honour to manage your country.

"But I am very happy at Birmingham and will be even happier if we get to January showing the same performance levels of the last few weeks."

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