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Strachan leaves Scotland post

Gordon Strachan has left his job as Scotland manager
Gordon Strachan has left his job as Scotland manager

Gordon Strachan has left his post as Scotland manager following the country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup finals.

Strachan’s assistant, former Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee, has also left the national team backroom staff with immediate effect.

The Scots were unbeaten in 2017 but fell short of claiming a place in the play-offs earlier this week when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Slovenia in their final qualifier.

Strachan said: “I said on my first day as Scotland manager that it was the proudest moment of my career and that I wanted to put a smile back on the nation’s face again.

“I share the profound disappointment at missing out on the play-offs, especially having worked so hard to fight our way back into contention.

“The players should receive immense credit for that resilience in coming back from a difficult start and I would like to thank each and every player who has come in to represent their country.

“Together we have shared some really magical moments and those memories will live with me for ever.

“Of course, what made those moments special was the unwavering support of our fans. Through highs and lows you have stayed with the team and my biggest regret is not being able to provide the finals tournament you deserve.

“I would like to thank the board, the backroom staff and everyone at the Scottish FA for the help and support they have given me as national coach. It has been a real privilege.”

The SFA agree fresh impetus is required and will begin looking for Strachan’s successor immediately.

Stewart Regan, Scottish FA chief executive, said: “On behalf of the board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team.

“I know how disappointed he was that we couldn’t secure a play-off place but to come so close was a tribute to the belief he instilled in his squad.

“After almost five years the Board felt it was time for a new direction to prepare for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying campaign and also the forthcoming UEFA Nations League.

“We are grateful to both Gordon and Mark for their efforts and wish them the best of luck in the future.”

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