Strachan quits as head coach of Scotland after World Cup qualification failure


Gordon Strachan has quit his role as Scotland head coach after the side failed to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

The Scottish Football Association said a change was needed to inject “fresh impetus” after the disappointment of narrowly missing out on a play-off place.

Strachan’s assistant has also left his position.

“The Board of the Scottish FA and Gordon Strachan have agreed that the Scotland national team will be led by a new head coach in preparation for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying campaign,” Scotland’s governing body confirmed in a statement.

“While the nation’s collective disappointment at not qualifying for the play-offs for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is understandable, it was nevertheless a mark of Gordon’s capabilities – and the squad’s belief in the coaching team – that we recovered from a poor first half of the campaign to get back into contention for a play-off place.

“Notwithstanding our unbeaten run in the group throughout 2017, with the emergence of a younger generation of players it was agreed that a new national coach should be recruited to provide fresh impetus.”