Gordon Strachan to carry on as Scotland boss

Gordon Strachan looks set to stay on as Scotland manager. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Gordon Strachan looks set to stay on as Scotland manager. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire
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Gordon Strachan is to remain as national manager after meeting key figures within the Scottish Football Association to seek assurances he retained the support of the governing body.

The 59-year-old is understood to have been satisfied with the talks and will now lead Scotland out at Wembley in next month’s World Cup qualifier against England.

A poor start to the campaign saw Scotland take just one point from a possible six in this month’s double header with Lithuania and Slovakia, leading to speculation that Strachan might walk away from the post he has held since 2013.

However, he has now stressed his appetite for the job to his employers who expect him to see out the two-year contract he signed in the summer after failing to lead Scotland to Euro 2016.

Senior sources within the SFA were keen to stress that Strachan’s latest commitment is not just for the away game against England on 11 November. “He remains the manager. Full stop,” one source told The Scotsman.

There is understood to be an eagerness on both sides to redeem a situation which has Scotland sitting in fourth place in qualifying Group F.

Although the Scots won their opening match 5-1 away against Malta, a 1-1 home draw last Saturday against Lithuania followed by an abject 3-0 defeat in Slovakia on Tuesday leaves Strachan’s side on four points, three behind leaders England. However, a victory at Wembley would put them level with Gareth Southgate’s side.

Earlier in the day Strachan’s assistant, Mark McGhee, insisted that the Scots “still have a great chance of qualification”.

McGhee was also asked if he expected Strachan to be in charge for the England game, and said: “I am not going to comment on that. That is for Gordon, not for me. Gordon has his own thoughts. I have not spoken to him, no.

“My only thought I will give you is that there is still a great chance of qualification, obviously results have to improve but I think there is potential there for that to happen. So I think it is still all to play for.”

Strachan, who succeeded Craig Levein, has been in charge of the national side for 32 matches. He has won eight of 19 competitive games but a run of only three victories – against Gibraltar, twice, and Malta – in the past nine put his position under scrutiny.

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