LEAV­ING HIS ROLE

The Western Star - - Sports -

Gor­don Stra­chan is leav­ing his role as Scot­land coach af­ter nearly five years in charge fol­low­ing the na­tional team’s fail­ure to reach the 2018 World Cup. Scot­land fin­ished third in its qual­i­fy­ing group be­hind Eng­land and Slo­vakia, and hasn’t been at a ma­jor tour­na­ment since the World Cup in 1998. The Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion said af­ter a board­ing meet­ing on Thurs­day that “it was agreed that a new na­tional coach should be re­cruited to pro­vide fresh im­pe­tus.”

Stra­chan, a for­mer mid­fielder for Scot­land, Manch­ester United and Leeds, took charge of the na­tional team in Jan­uary 2013. His fu­ture came un­der se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion af­ter the team took just four points from their first four matches in qual­i­fy­ing, but the Scots fin­ished the cam­paign un­beaten in their last six matches.

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