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Alex McLeish Sacked By Scotland After 14 Months

Alex McLeish Sacked By Scotland After 14 Months

Alex McLeish has been sacked as manager of Scotland.

McLeish was appointed to his second term as Scotland boss in February of last year. He had previously managed them in 2007.

"The decision was agreed collectively by the Board at its scheduled meeting today and in consultation with Alex," said the SFA in a statement.

His assistant coaches, Peter Grant, James McFadden and Stevie Woods, will also leave their roles.

Since Alex’s arrival in February of last year, Scotland have topped their UEFA Nations League Group, securing a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying play-off place. However, the Board believes a change of management is necessary to reinvigorate the European Qualifying campaign after a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan in the opening Group I match last month.

The search for a new manager will begin immediately.

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"The decision to part company was not an easy one," said SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell, "especially given Alex’s status as a Scotland Hall of Fame member, earning 77 international caps, having played in three World Cups and taken charge of the national team for two spells.

"It was only taken after full consideration by the Board and after an honest and respectful conversation between myself and Alex earlier in the week. Ultimately, the performances and results as a whole in the past year – and, in particular, the manner of the defeat in Kazakhstan – did not indicate the progress expected with a squad we believe to be capable of achieving more."

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