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Smith: Boredom of the international manager

Walter Smith has warned Craig Levein of the frustration of being Scotland boss. Dundee United manager Levein will meet the Scottish Football Association to discuss the possibility of succeeding George Burley in the national team hot-seat.

Rangers boss Smith was Scotland coach for just over two years before returning to Rangers in January 2007 and explained the difficulties of giving up the day-to-day involvement in the game.

"It's a bit of a frustration, I don't think there's any doubt about that," said Smith, who last week described Levein as a "natural" candidate for the Scotland job.

"You turn up on the Monday morning and you've got no staff, you've got no players, after having a fortnight of involvement. But it's only a little bit of frustration, it's not a major thing.

"If things are going okay, you don't think about it too much. It's when things aren't going too well and you wish you had a situation where you could get back in and get started on a more day-to-day basis."

Smith, who has repeatedly ruled out a return to the role he quit almost three years ago, added: "It's different from what you've been used to, that's the thing.

"You're involved seven days a week. Then you find yourself in a circumstance where that's not the case.

"The intensity you work under for a fortnight more than makes up for a lot of the other things that are a downside."

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