Alex McLeish is set to be rewarded for his efforts in taking Scotland to the brink of qualification for the Euro 2008 finals, by being offered a new contract by the Scottish FA.
McLeish, who took charge of the national team in January when Walter Smith stepped down to manage Rangers, has a deal with the SFA that expires after the 2010 World Cup qualifying.
SFA chief executive Gordon Smith acknowledges that McLeish could be lured away from his job by an attractive club offer, but is nevertheless keen for him to stay with Scotland beyond 2010.
“We will hold informal talks with Alex in the next week or so with a view to seeing how he feels about extending his stay as Scotland manager for the next couple of campaigns,” Smith told The Herald.
“There is no panic because his deal takes him to the end of qualifying for World Cup 2010, but we have to factor in the consequences of somebody coming in and trying to take Alex away, like the situation we had with Walter Smith.
“We hope that it does not happen, but we are also aware that it might.”