BRUCE Arena, the man who coached the USA to fourth place in the 2002 World Cup, is the latest big-name foreign manager to express an interest in the vacant Scotland manager’s job, the Herald on Sunday understands.

The 67-year-old, who replaced Jurgen Klinsmann for a second stint in charge of the US national team in 2016, has been out of work since stepping down following the failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. While he has never worked out of the USA, he also led the USA to three Gold Cup triumphs and has successful club stints under his belt at MLS mainstays DC United, New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy. His prospective candidate is being viewed as worthy of consideration by the SFA.

Arena joins a list of foreign coaches expressing an interest in the hot seat which includes Sven-Goran Eriksson and Dick Advocaat. With the former not thought to be of serious consideration, the latter, currently at FC Utrecht in his homeland, has also spoken at times of considering retirement and his previous links with EBT-era Rangers could make any appointment difficult.

The likes of David Moyes, Steve Clarke, Derek McInnes and Jack Ross are Scottish names under consideration, with Shaun Maloney – currently employed at our Group I rivals Belgium – and Darren Fletcher under consideration as part of the coaching team.