SCOTLAND: GORDON STRACHAN LEAVES HIS POSITION AS NATIONAL MANAGER

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Gordon Strachan has left his position as Scotland manager by “mutual consent”, four days after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup. The decision, taken in conjunction with the board of the Scottish Football Association, means 60-year-old Strachan leaves a job he took in January 2013.

Assistant Mark McGhee also departs. “On behalf of the board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team,” said Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan.

Strachan succeeded Craig Levein in the role, initially to oversee the end of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.