Real priv­i­lege, says Stra­chan as he quits as Scot­land man­ager

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>> LON­DON: Gor­don Stra­chan has stepped down as Scot­land man­ager fol­low­ing the team’s fail­ure to qual­ify for next year’s World Cup, the Scot­tish Football As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced on Thurs­day.

The SFA said Stra­chan and his as­sis­tant Mark McGhee would leave “with im­me­di­ate ef­fect” to give his suc­ces­sor max­i­mum time to pre­pare for the Euro 2020 qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

Scot­land missed out on a place in the play-offs for t he World Cup af­ter draw­ing 2-2 away to Slove­nia in their fi­nal group game last Sun­day.

For­mer Manch­ester United man­ager David Moyes is the early favourite to suc­ceed Stra­chan with British book­mak­ers.

“I share the pro­found dis­ap­point­ment at miss­ing out on the play-offs, es­pe­cially hav­ing worked so hard to fight our way back into con­tention,” Stra­chan said. “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.”

For­mer Scot­land and Manch­ester United mid­fielder Stra­chan, 60, was ap­pointed in Jan­uary 2013 af­ter Craig Levein was sacked fol­low­ing a poor start to World Cup qual­i­fy­ing. Scot­land missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup and de­spite an im­proved show­ing in qual­i­fy­ing for Euro 2016, they came up short again.

Stra­chan paid trib­ute to Scot­land’s fans’ “un­wa­ver­ing sup­port” and thanked his back-room staff and “ev­ery­one at the Scot­tish FA”.

He said the ex­pe­ri­ence of man­ag­ing the na­tional team had been a “real priv­i­lege”.

Gor­don Stra­chan

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