Gordon Strachan leaves role as Scotland manager after failing to qualify for World Cup



GORDON STRACHAN has left his role as Scotland boss after failing to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Russia.

The decision was one of mutual consent with assistant Mark McGhee also leaving his job.

The Scottish FA announced that Strachan would not continue in the role after Scotland's World Cup hopes ended with a 2-2 draw in Slovenia on Sunday.

A statement read: "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."

Scotland finished third in their qualification group missing out on a play-off place.

"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.

"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."

Strachan was appointed as Scotland manager in January 2013 but has failed to qualify for a major tournament during his tenure as national team boss.