Levein 1/9 for Quick Exit

  • Last Updated: October 17 2012, 14:00 BST

Craig Levein is 1/9 with McBookie.com not to be in charge of Scotland for their next World Cup qualifier against Wales on March 22, 2013 after the 2-0 defeat against Belgium.

Craig Levein: Under plenty of pressure

Goals from Christian Benteke and Vincent Kompany just a minute apart in the second half gave Belgium victory to leave Scotland bottom of Group A on just two points from four games.

Levein is 5/1 to still be manager for the game against Wales but the next Scotland boss market has already seen plenty of movement.

Gordon Strachan is the 9/4 favourite with BetVictor to take the job with Paddy Power and Sky Bet also taking money for the former Celtic chief to replace Levein.

McBookie.com have Alex McLeish as their 3/1 favourite with Joe Jordan, Walter Smith and Owen Coyle among the other names in the mix.

McBookie.com spokesman Paul Petrie said: "Craig Levein has failed dismally in two qualifying campaigns and as our odds suggest he is history as far as Scotland are concerned.

"Hopefully the new man will get us back on track in terms of qualifying for major tournaments and Alex McLeish is our current favourite in a wide-open field. Whoever it is, they couldn't do much worse than Levein."

Sky Bet report that all the money is for Levein to be out of a job by Scotland's next competitive fixture, a friendly with Luxembourg.

The firm's Head of Football Trading Alexander Di Michele said: "Levein looks to be on borrowed time. Scotland's chances of qualification are in tatters and the pressure is mounting for him to go.

"Punters have snapped up the 11/10 and are backing him at evens to be out before the Luxembourg match, it looks like the writing is on the wall."

Elsewhere, Wales have drifted out to 150/1 with Ladbrokes to win Group A after the 2-0 defeat in Croatia but it was a better night for the Republic of Ireland as they won 4-1 against the Faroe Islands.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men are now 14/1 to top Group C after leaders Germany drew 4-4 at home to Sweden.