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Strachan departs Scotland after failure on the big stage

October 13 – After yet another bitter Scottish disappointment, Gordon Strachan has stepped down as manager of the national team after their failure to qualify for the playoffs of the World Cup.

A 2-2 draw in Slovenia on Sunday was not enough and Strachan has left his post with immediate effect after almost five years in charge.

Scotland’s inability to reach Russia follows similar failure to qualify for Euro 2016 with Strachan often flattering to deceive.

“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,” Strachan said.

“I share the profound disappointment at missing out on the play-offs, especially having worked so hard to fight our way back into contention.”

A new manager will be in place in time for next season’s UEFA Nations League campaign where Scotland are ranked in the third tier of nations, and the subsequent Euro 2020 qualifiers.

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