Strachan Leaves Scotland Job

Last updated : 12 October 2017 By CNS Sport/AO

Former Coventry City player and manager Gordon Strachan has stepped down from his role as manager of the Scotland national side by mutual consent.

Strachan had been in charge of a Scottish side which had failed to qualify for the European Championships and on Sunday, failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The Scottish Football Association held a board meeting today and announced that Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee have stepped down with immediate effect.

"On behalf of the board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team," said Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan in a press statement.

Strachan said about his departure: "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."