Strachan Goes. Moyes Tipped To Take Over
Scotland have parted company with Gordon Strachan as national team boss. The news comes after the Scots failed to qualify for the World Cup finals for the fifth successive tournament. Assistant manager Mark McGhee has also left his post.
In a statement on Thursday afternoon the Scottish Football Association announced that the pair had left their posts with immediate effect.
The statement paid tribute to Strachan’s efforts in guiding the side to the brink of a play-off place despite a poor first half of the campaign.
Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “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.”
Strachan added: “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.”
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes is one of the early favourites to replace Strachan along with former West Ham and Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce. Some bookmakers even have Sir Alex Ferguson as a candidate. The 75-year-old had a spell as caretaker manager during the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico.