/Charlie Nicholas says Malky Mackay is the way forward for Scotland. In 2019.

Charlie Nicholas says Malky Mackay is the way forward for Scotland. In 2019.

From the minute the final whistle blew in Kazakhstan, the countdown began.

It was inevitable that, within days, a middle-aged ex-pro would use the words ‘Malky Mackay’ and ‘Scotland‘ in the same sentence. The only question was which middle-aged ex-pro it would be. Alan McInally? Alan Brazil? Alan Rough? Someone not called Alan?

Today, that guessing game is finally over. Charlie Nicholas has stepped up to the plate.

The former Celtic and Arsenal forward told the Daily Express: “We now have an opportunity where the people can go after the SFA.

“We have to break down the heirarchy. We have to get into the building and gradually break it down.”

‘Uh-oh’, you’re probably thinking, ‘he’s going to say something about proper football men soon’.

You’re right. “We need to start getting proper football people in, people who understand the game, and not those who are looking for a wee trip and wearing a blazer” said Nicholas.

Yeah lads, proper football people. Bit of bantz eh? And, after much sitting there and thinking, what ‘proper football person’ did Nicholas come up with? “If Alex gets binned, I would like to see Malky Mackay taking over with some of the younger coaches behind the scenes. That could be the way forward.”



SFA Performance Director Malky Mackay

He’s right. Malky Mackay could be the way forward, if this was 1952. Of course, people make mistakes, but Mackay was in his forties when his infamous messages were leaked. He was a middle-aged man, not a daft wee boy. No-one’s saying Malky Mackay shouldn’t work.

Lots of people though, myself included, are asking how appropriate he is for the Scotland job. A role which would see him as a figurehead for the nation.

Back in 2019, there are 59 words that illustrate why Malky Mackay should not manage Scotland.

“I hope she’s taking care of your needs. I bet you’d love a bounce on her falsies”

“Fkn chinks. Fk it. There’s enough dogs in Cardiff for us all to go around”

“He’s a snake. A gay snake”

“Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers”

“Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering”

Proper football man though.

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