The Glasgow Daily Record have no doubts that Alex McLeish’s decision to leave his post as manager of the Scottish national team to join Birmingham were primarily driven by money:
Alex Quits Scotland After Tripling His Wages
SCOTLAND were looking for another new manager last night after Alex McLeish trebled his money by jumping ship to the English Premiership. Big Eck quit his £300,000-a-year post as national team boss, then completed a deal worth £1million a year with struggling Birmingham City.
They may have a point, considering Big Eck had been in the job for less than a year and had given little indication that he wanted to leave until Birmingham’s owners came calling.
BBC Sport’s Colin Moffat suggests:
Money cannot be the main motivation for an already wealthy man.
But since when did David Beckham turn down the chance to promote sunglasses or a hair product because he couldn’t stuff any more money under the mattress?
There’s no doubt that McLeish did a fantastic job in steering Scotland to the verge of the Euro 2008 finals. However, choosing a relegation scrap with Birmingham over a cushy part-time number overseeing the progression of his national team suggests it ‘must be the money’.