Scotland national coach Gordon Strachan has left his position by “mutual consent” four days after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup.
In a statement announcing Strachan’s exit, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) pointed towards the likelihood of a squad overhaul for the next qualifying campaign as preceded by the new Nations League tournament organized by UEFA.
“Notwithstanding our unbeaten run in the [World Cup] group throughout 2017, with the emergence of a younger generation of players it was agreed that a new national coach should be recruited to provide fresh impetus,” the statement read.
“On behalf of the board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team,” added SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. – Cara Daftar Sbobet
The decision was made as the SFA board took the unanimous decision not to extend Strachan’s contract, which ends next month, during a meeting on Thursday.
Scotland had started brightly but was unable a play‑off place for the World Cup finals next summer despite a late run into contention, which ultimately signalled the end of Strachan’s tenure which began in January 2013.
“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,” Strachan said after his team drew 2-2 against Slovenia, which sealed their fate of missing out on the playoff spot by shortage of points.
“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.”
A full debrief from the SFA board included the key agreement that other countries would not give their manager a third qualifying campaign after, as was the case, successive failures.
In the meantime, Scotland are set to play a high-profile friendly next month — for which they will have Malky Mackay in charge — although they are unlikely to have a new manager in place before the new year.