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POLL: Who should the SFA appoint to replace Mark Wotte?

Wotte joined the SFA in 2011
Wotte joined the SFA in 2011

One of the top jobs in Scottish football is available following Mark Wotte’s decision to leave his role as SFA performance director but who should be named as the Dutchman’s successor?

Wotte reshaped the Scottish youth football scene, overseeing the introduction of performance schools for young players while also playing a pivotal role in the introduction of the SPFL development league.

However, as well all know, working to develop Scottish football is a never ending job and there is still plenty of work needing done so who should be charged with following on from Wotte and helping develop future generations?

The internal option

Ricky Sbragia has done well with the Scotland under-19 team, he is well respected within the SFA and knows his way around the Scottish youth football scene, should he take charge of the overall youth operation?

Ricky Sbragia has been involved with the SFA since taking over the Scotland under-17 team in 2011, now under 19s boss
Ricky Sbragia has been involved with the SFA since taking over the Scotland under-17 team in 2011, now under 19s boss

The man that knows the strategy

What about Ian Cathro? The former Dundee United coach has a great knowledge of the strategy that Wotte implemented and was head of the SFA performance school in Dundee. Since then his career has blossomed and now, at just 28-years-old, Cathro is assistant manager of Valencia but would he be tempted with a return home by the top job in Scottish youth football?

Ian Cathro (second left) alongside Mark Wotte and the heads of the other development schools
Ian Cathro (third from left) alongside Mark Wotte and the heads of the other development schools

Proven track record with young Scots

Another potential candidate who certainly knows his way around the Scottish youth football scene is John Park. He helped produce one of the most talented batches of footballers of recent times – overseeing the emergence of the likes of Scott Brown, Kevin Thomson, Garry O’Connor, Derek Riordan and Kenny Miller at Hibs before he moved to Celtic.

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Park is now working with Ronny Deila at Celtic

Double Dutch

We could stay Dutch? The Dutch tend to know what they are talking about when it comes to youth football, we may have lost one Dutchman in the shape of Wotte but we could return to the land of tulips and clogs and find ourselves someone like Johan Neeskens?

Johan Neeskens, along with Johan Cruyff, was an integral part of the Dutch national team in 1974
Johan Neeskens, along with Johan Cruyff, was an integral part of the Dutch national team in 1974

Experienced and available

Or would someone with top international experience be the ideal candidate? Craig Brown is available? Talking of available… Alex Salmond will be on the hunt for a new job soon?

Salmond will be on the hunt for a new job and has previously proven his football talent
Salmond will be looking for a new job and has previously proven his football talent

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