JJ Burns for Tommy as boss

Last updated : 15 January 2007 By TeamTalk
Kilmarnock boss Jim Jefferies has backed Tommy Burns to be the next Scotland manager - despite being on many people's list of contenders himself. Jefferies would not comment on his chances of getting the job as he does not know the criteria the Scottish Football Association are using. But he believes the SFA board must have assistant manager Burns at the top of their list when they meet on Monday. Jefferies said: "From a personal point of view the obvious choice for a lot of people is Tommy Burns because Tommy has been part of the set-up under Berti Vogts and Walter. "He knows the set-up and the players. Maybe in the middle of a campaign they don't want to disrupt it too much. "I think, whoever does get the job, it should be one criteria that if they didn't pick Tommy Burns he should still remain part of it. "He will be a big help to whoever takes the job because his experience at that level and in his whole life will be invaluable." Jefferies admits it is "flattering" to be linked with the job. "But I don't wake up every morning wishing I was going to get the Scotland job," he added. "I have got a job to do at Kilmarnock. "I have had 20 years in the Premier League working all hours. I suppose the thing about working at clubs and bringing on players like David Weir, Gary Naismith and Steven Pressley, I have worked with that type of player. But I don't know what they are looking for. "It is other people who are putting the names forward so they must think the names mentioned are possible. "I wouldn't be making any comment because it's for other people to decide. "The names mentioned, every one of them are capable of doing the job so we will just have to wait and see. "I don't know if they are looking for someone that has played at the top level - it rules a lot of people out. "Walter never played international football but he is a very, very good manager. "Every Tom, Dick and Harry who is Scottish has been linked with it. For every candidate there are pluses and minuses. Even the one that gets it there will be debates." Jefferies faces more immediate problems after his injury list grew ahead of Monday's Premier League clash with Hibernian. Gordon Greer suffered a slight tear in a knee ligament during the Tennent's Scottish Cup defeat by Morton and will be out for up to three weeks. Fellow defender Frazer Wright aggravated an ankle injury in the 3-1 defeat and faces a fight to be fit for the Hibs game.