STOKE CITY have made an audacious bid to land Scotland boss Steve Clarke as their new manager.
Nathan Jones was finally axed last Friday after a disastrous start to the Championship season with the Potters second-bottom.
He collected just two win in his first 14 games for a team who were tipped to be at the other end of the table come the season end.
SunSport understands understands the Potters have sounded out Scotland gaffer Clarke’s advisers about the vacant role.
But Clarke has not given the Championship strugglers any optimism in their efforts to lure him back into club management.
He has won just two of his six games since taking the international job, and the Scots must now win their Nations League play-off if they want to reach Euro 2020.
It has led to many Scots calling for Clarke’s head.
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After spells coaching at Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham and Liverpool, Clarke took his first managerial role at West Brom in 2012.
But he didn’t last long there, getting the sack in December 2013.
His next job came at Reading, appointed a year after his axing at the Baggies.
He turned down the chance to speak with Fulham over their vacancy during his time at the Madjeski – but ended up being sacked a year after taking over.
Clarke tasted success at Kilmarnock after being appointed manager there on October 14 2017.
He set the club’s highest points total in the top flight in his first season in charge, and in his second secured a third-place finish and qualified for Europe.
That got him his big break for Scotland – but things haven’t gone as well as he might have hoped.
It is not known if he has been granted permission to speak to the Championship club, or whether the Scottish FA are aware of his interest.
Potters chairman Peter Coates is one of the richest men in British football, with a net worth approaching £800million, and could offer Clarke a salary that would dwarf his SFA pay.
Other names to be linked with the Stoke job are former boss Tony Pulis, ex-Reading chief Jose Gomes, Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill and out-of-work Chris Hughton.