Strachan stands down as Scotland boss

12 October 2017 10:17:30 EST

Gordon Strachan has left his job as Scotland head coach with immediate effect after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The 60-year-old has spent the last five years in charge of the national team having been appointed Craig Levein's successor in January 2013.

The former Middlesbrough and Southampton manager oversaw the end of the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign before getting his first crack at ending Scotland's long wait to reach a major tournament by making it to Euro 2016.

However, in a tight qualifying group, the Scots ultimately fell short and Strachan hinted he could walk away from the post.

Having stuck around in the hope of getting the Tartan Army to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Scotland made a terrible start to qualification and left themselves with too much to do despite a late rally.

Last Sunday's 2-2 draw with Slovenia was the final nail in the coffin for Scotland's dream of reaching next summer's tournament and the Scottish FA have now confirmed they have parted ways with Strachan by "mutual consent".

Discussing his decision to step down, Strachan said: "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."

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan added: "I know how disappointed he was that we couldn't secure a play-off place but to come so close was a tribute to the belief he instilled in his squad.

"After almost five years the Board felt it was time for a new direction to prepare for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying campaign and also the forthcoming UEFA Nations League."

Having missed out on qualifying for the World Cup, Scotland's players will watch on from home as Germany, who are 9/2 to lift the trophy, battle to retain their crown.

France are 11/2, while Brazil are 5/1 to win the World Cup.

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