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Scotland are looking for a new boss after Gordon Strachan left his role.

Strachan has been in charge for just short of five years, taking him through two qualifying campaigns – but he has failed to take his country to a major finals.

Last week Scotland had the chance to make the play-offs for the World Cup finals, but they were held to a 2-2 draw in Slovenia, when a victory would have given them second place.

Now Strachan has parted company by mutual consent after a Scottish FA board meeting, with his current deal due to expire next month.

“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.

“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.”

Candidates are already being mentioned and early favourite is former Manchester United, Everton and Sunderland chief David Moyes.

Current SFA performance director Malky Mackay is also a name attracting a lot of attention, along with current Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill – who is based in Edinburgh – and former boss Alex McLeish.

 

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