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Scotland Axe Gordon Strachan After Unsuccessful Qualification Campaign

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA - OCTOBER 08: Head coach Gordon Strachan (C) of Scotland looks on after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Slovenia and Scotland at stadium Stozice on October 08, 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Scotland have parted ways with manager Gordon Strachan after failing to reach the finals of a major tournament for a 10th consecutive time.

The Scots drew 2-2 with Slovenia in their final group game, ensuring that they would not progress to the playoffs.

This paved the way for Ireland to pass safely through to the next round, as they were relying on the result. This is the second consecutive campaign that the Boys in Green have benefitted from their neighbours slipping up.

Scotland’s campaign to qualify for Russia in Group D was one which promised much, but was hugely disappointing.

A home draw with Lithuania was followed by heavy defeats to Slovakia and England. However, they clawed their way back into contention and were desperately unlucky not to overcome the Old Enemy in Hampden Park. They picked up 14 points from a possible 18 in their final six games, but this wasn’t enough to see them into the next phase.

Scotland played 40 games under Strachan’s watch, winning 19 times. However, his reign will be remembered for the failure to see out the Euro 2016 campaign until the end, despite looking to be in a favourable position after a draw in Dublin.

Focus now turns to potential successors, with the names of David Moyes, Malky Mackay and Paul Lambert being mentioned.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.