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Gordon Strachan Sacked By Scottish FA After World Cup Qualification Disappointment

Gordon Strachan Sacked By Scottish FA After World Cup Qualification Disappointment
12/10/2017
Gordon Strachan

The Scottish FA has released a statement confirming the removal of Gordon Strachan from role as Scotland Manager, the statement states that the development is of immediate effect.

Strachan will be leaving with his assistant coach Mark McGhee, according to the statement on the Scottish FA's website, after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.



Scotland drew 2-2 with Slovenia, which with Slovakia's 3-0 win over Malta killed all hopes of making it into the playoffs, leaving them third in World Cup qualification group F.

Statement From Scottish FA Official Website
"The Board of the Scottish FA and Gordon Strachan have agreed that the Scotland National Team will be led by a new head coach in preparation for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying campaign.

"Gordon's tenure will end with immediate effect along with that of his assistant coach, Mark McGhee. We are grateful to Gordon for the passion, professionalism and commitment demonstrated since his appointment in January 2013.

"While the nation's collective disappointment at not qualifying for the play-offs for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is understandable, it was nevertheless a mark of Gordon's capabilities - and the squad's belief in the coaching team - that we recovered from a poor first half of the campaign to get back into contention for a play-off place.

"Notwithstanding our unbeaten run in the 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."

Gordon Strachan thanked everyone, who worked with him during his time at the Scottish National Team

"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," said Strachan, in a statement released on the Scottish FA's website.

"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 forever.

"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."
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