Ardiles applies for Inverness job

Tottenham Hotspur legend Ossie Ardiles may soon be back coaching on UK shores, after it emerged the diminutive Argentine has applied for the vacant manager’s position at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Scottish club sacked manager Craig Brewster on Monday following a run of eight defeats from the last 10 games, leaving the club bottom of the Clydesdale Premier League.

Ardiles told reporters that he had been approached about the vacancy by a third party, and that he was interested in the post despite admitting he knows little about the area.

“It’s a great challenge and a wonderful opportunity for me to manage in the United Kingdom again," he said. "I don’t know a lot about them but I’ve been in this situation before and I have confidence in myself.”

Ardiles has had mixed fortunes as a manager following a highly-successful playing career, which saw him win the World Cup with his country, and both the UEFA Cup and FA Cup during a 10-year spell at Spurs.

His managerial tenure began with moderate success at Swindon before spells at Newcastle and Tottenham. Now 56, Ardiles has also coached abroad at clubs in Mexico, Japan, Croatia, Syria, Israel, Argentina and Paraguay, where he held, and ultimately lost, his last management post at Cerro Porteño.

The former midfielder does face competition for the job from former Inverness boss John Roberton, who has also submitted an application for the job.

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