Football: Gordon Strachan steps down as Scotland coach after World Cup qualification flop

Gordon Strachan left his post after he failed in his bid to take Scotland to a first major tournament finals since the 1998 World Cup.
Gordon Strachan left his post after he failed in his bid to take Scotland to a first major tournament finals since the 1998 World Cup.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Gordon Strachan left his post as Scotland coach on Thursday (Oct 12) after failing to guide the nation to the World Cup play-offs.

Strachan, who took charge of 40 games since being appointed in 2013, failed in his bid to take Scotland to a first major tournament finals since the 1998 World Cup.

"The Board of the Scottish FA (Football Association) 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," a statement from the SFA said.

Scotland missed out on a play-off place for next year's finals in Russia after failing to beat Slovenia in their final Group F qualifier on Sunday.

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

Strachan won 19 of his matches in charge.

Assistant coach Mark McGhee is also leaving his post.