Gordon Strachan sacked by Scotland

Popular Articles

  • Scotland's 2-2 draw with Slovenia on Sunday ended their World Cup hopes
  • Gordon Strachan blamed genetics as part of Scotland's problem after the match
  • Strachan leaves his post as manager along with assistant Mark McGhee 

By Jack Bezants for MailOnline

Published: 09:36 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 12:25 EDT, 12 October 2017

Gordon Strachan has been sacked as Scotland manager after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Scottish FA have announced that Strachan will leave along with his assistant manager Mark McGhee.

A 2-2 draw away to Slovenia in World Cup qualifying on Sunday curtailed any hope Scotland had of reaching the play-offs and qualifying for their first tournament since the 1998 World Cup.  

Gordon Strachan has been sacked as Scotland boss after failing to qualify for the World Cup
Gordon Strachan has been sacked as Scotland boss after failing to qualify for the World Cup

Gordon Strachan has been sacked as Scotland boss after failing to qualify for the World Cup

Scotland's hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup were ended by a 2-2 draw in Slovenia
Scotland's hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup were ended by a 2-2 draw in Slovenia

Scotland's hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup were ended by a 2-2 draw in Slovenia

After the match Strachan bizarrely lamented the size of his Scotland squad.

'Genetically we are behind,' he said. 'In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain.

'We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do.

'But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else.

After the Slovenia draw, Strachan blamed genetics for Scotland's international troubles
After the Slovenia draw, Strachan blamed genetics for Scotland's international troubles

After the Slovenia draw, Strachan blamed genetics for Scotland's international troubles

STRACHAN'S RECORD 

Played: 41

Won: 19

Drawn: 10

Lost: 12

Win percentage: 42.63%

'Nobody can tell me their technique, apart from one player, is better than any of ours. But physically we have a problem. We seem to be able to battle it and get through just with sheer determination and skill and work-rate. And that takes a lot out of you.'

Strachan described managing Scotland as his career highlight following the SFA's decision to part ways with him. SFA president Alan McRae was pictured arriving at Hampden early on Thursday to discuss the future direction of the Scottish national side.

'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.

SFA president Alan McRae was pictured arriving at Hampden early on Thursday
SFA president Alan McRae was pictured arriving at Hampden early on Thursday

SFA president Alan McRae was pictured arriving at Hampden early on Thursday

'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.'

 

Jasper Ray
By Jasper Ray 12/10/2017 12:25:00