Sacked Scotland Coach Craig Levein Takes Legal Action Against Scottish FA
Former Scotland national team coach Craig Levein "has followed up on his threat to take legal action against" the Scottish FA over the terms of his £700,000 ($1.1M) pay-off, according to Michael Grant of the HERALD SCOTLAND. SFA CEO Stewart Regan revealed in Luxembourg Tuesday night that "the governing body had now received a letter from the former manager's legal representatives." The SFA have agreed to pay Levein the £700,000 "he is due for the remaining 20 months of his deal, but will do so in monthly instalments of £35,000 ($55,500) rather than a single lump sum." Levein's SFA contract "has not been terminated, which is understood to mean the monthly payments would immediately stop" if he "signed another contract to become a manager anywhere else before the summer of '14." Regan claimed that there had been "substantial" expressions of interest in the Scotland job, for which Gordon Strachan and Joe Jordan "have led the bookmakers' odds." He "will discuss the vacancy" with SFA President Campbell Ogilvie and VPs Alan McRae and Rod Petrie during the trip to Luxembourg for Wednesday night's friendly (HERALD SCOTLAND, 11/14). In Glasgow, Keith Jackson wrote Levein's action "is another source of embarrassment for Regan who was left exposed by the failure of the SFA's board to reach a timely decision over when to wield the axe." Regan said, "Craig feels that, as far as the process is concerned, he doesn’t feel able to carry on with the contract in place. He feels that he wants to leave and pursue legal action as opposed to just being paid on a monthly basis. As far as we are concerned that’s now the position we are in" (DAILY RECORD, 11/14).