Gordon Strachan's future as Scotland manager could be decided on Thursday

Strachan's side could only draw 2-2 in Slovenia and so missed out on a play-off spot

Strachan's side could only draw 2-2 in Slovenia and so missed out on a play-off spot

Strachan, who had been in charge since 2013, was unsuccessful in guiding Scotland to last summer's Euros and next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, and has left his position "by mutual consent" along with assistant Mark McGhee. BREAKING NEWS Gordon Strachan has left his position as Scotland manager.

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 Scottish FA have announced that Gordon Strachan has left his post as manager of the national team following their World Cup qualification failure. "Gordon's tenure will end with immediate effect along with that of his assistant coach, Mark McGhee".

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

"Together we have shared some really magical moments and those memories will live with me for ever". Through highs and lows you have stayed with the team and my biggest regret is not being able to provide the finals tournament you deserve.

The Scottish Football Association said after a boarding meeting on Thursday that "it was agreed that a new national coach should be recruited to provide fresh impetus".

He said: "The players in there, I've got to look after them".

"After nearly five years the board felt it was time for a new direction to prepare for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and also the forthcoming UEFA Nations League".

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