Ex-Blue­birds boss Mackay in Scots link

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FOR­MER Cardiff City man­ager Malky Mackay is the joint favourite to suc­ceed Gor­don Stra­chan as Scot­land man­ager.

Mackay is 2/1 along with for­mer Manch­ester United and Ever­ton boss David Moyes to take over the Tar­tan Army, after Stra­chan over­saw a failed World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

It was re­vealed on Thurs­day that Stra­chan and his as­sis­tant Mark McGhee will leave the Scot­tish na­tional team.

Their qual­i­fi­ca­tion cam­paign ended in agony after a 2-2 draw with Slove­nia left them third in the group.

Mackay, who left the Blue­birds un­der a cloud in 2013, went on to join Wi­gan Ath­letic be­fore tak­ing up a role as per­for­mance di­rec­tor with the Scot­tish FA last year.

He now tops a list of can­di­dates which also in­cludes Moyes, Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, Alex McLeish and Sam Al­lardyce.

Stra­chan in a state­ment on the Scot­tish FA web­site 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

“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.“

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