‘Sad, sad, sad day’ says Brown af­ter Strach exit

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SCOTT Brown be­lieves the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has made the wrong call in de­cid­ing to re­place Scot­land boss Gor­don Stra­chan.

The gov­ern­ing body has parted com­pany with the na­tional team man­ager af­ter Scot­land failed to qual­ify for next sum­mer’s World Cup.

But Celtic mid­fielder Brown says Stra­chan still had the sup­port of his play­ers, who felt he could lead them to Euro 2020.

Scot­land cap­tain Brown, who now looks set to quit in­ter­na­tional foot­ball for a sec­ond time, posted on his In­sta­gram ac­count: “Sad sad sad day.

“We all had faith in Gor­don and be­lieved in mak­ing the Eu­ros.

“Four­teen points out of 18 in 2017 — mo­men­tum was on our side.”

How­ever, for­mer Scot­land winger Davie Provan be­lieves Ham­p­den bosses have made the right call.

“I don’t think the SFA had any al­ter­na­tive, to be hon­est with you,” he said.

“Gor­don him­self would have to ad­mit he’s been given a fair crack of the whip over five years and two cam­paigns. So Gor­don can’t ac­cuse the SFA of be­ing un­fair to him.

“I think what they would have taken into con­sid­er­a­tion is that Gor­don still had the sup­port of his play­ers and that would have weighed heav­ily on their minds.

“Over­all you can’t ar­gue with re­sults and we’ve come up short again. I think (the SFA) have taken a sen­si­ble de­ci­sion.”

In their state­ment an­nounc­ing Stra­chan’s de­par­ture, the SFA said it had “agreed” with the 60-year-old that fresh lead­er­ship was re­quired ahead of their Euro 2020 bid.

And for­mer Scot­land cap­tain Graeme Souness feels his for­mer in­ter­na­tional col­league had taken the side as far as he could.

The for­mer Rangers and Liver­pool said: “It’s sad we didn’t qual­ify this time round from what was a rel­a­tively easy group.

“I think had we qual­i­fied or at least got sec­ond, he’d have stayed and looked for­ward pos­si­bly to the next Eu­ros.

“It’s all about re­sults. He’s not got what he wanted in terms of qual­i­fy­ing so I know Gor­don and he wouldn’t have hung about if he felt he couldn’t do that job.

“As a na­tional man­ager you can only pick what’s out there and right now Scot­land don’t have a fab­u­lous group to pick from.

“The pro­fes­sional in him will say, ‘We should have qual­i­fied’ and Gor­don will get crit­i­cism be­cause he’s a foot­ball man­ager — like all man­agers do.

“But I wouldn’t crit­i­cise him be­cause I think he did a good job with what he had to work with.”

For­mer Scot­land winger Davie Provan says the SFA made the right call.

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