Scotland are unlikely to have a new manager in place before the new year, with Michael O’Neill and Derek McInnes the early favourites to replace Gordon Strachan. The Scottish Football Association’s board took the unanimous decision not to extend Strachan’s contract, which ends next month, during a meeting on Thursday.
Strachan’s inability to deliver a play‑off place for the World Cup finals next summer, despite a late run into contention, ultimately signalled the end of a tenure which began in January 2013. A full debrief from the SFA board included the key agreement that other countries would not give their manager a third qualifying campaign after, as was the case, successive failures.
Scotland are set to play a high-profile friendly next month, for which they will have Malky Mackay in charge. Sources at the SFA have stressed, though, that their current performance director is not a candidate to succeed Strachan permanently.
With Scotland not due to play a competitive…