Scotland manager Gordon Strachan refused to confirm if he would stay on as Scotland manager following their 2-2 draw with Slovenia in Ljubljana.
The Scots took the lead 1-0, but two quick second-half goals for the home side all but ended the Scottish hopes of reaching the play-offs. A late Robert Snodgrass goal briefly raised hopes of looking for the crucial winner but it was too little, too late.
Scotland's drought of reaching a major international tournament will now stretch to at least 22 years after failing to qualify for Russia 2018. The side last reached the World Cup in 1998.
Strachan took charge of the side in 2013,but in his two full qualification campaigns the side have failed to reach at least the play-offs on either occasion.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the loss, he originally tried to dodge a question about his future, before focusing on the distraught players in the dressing room.
The fans cant hurt like that. I cant hurt like that.
There shouldn't be any talk about what I'm thinking or what I'm doing at this moment in time. The thing is looking after [the players].
Scotland's form greatly improved in the second-half of the qualification campaign, but when they needed to win in the final game, the group came up just short in testing circumstances.
You can watch the full interview below.
We hear from Gordon Strachan as Scotland's hopes of reaching the World Cup play-offs come to an end. #SVNSCO https://t.co/ZbLkUqTk5h
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) October 8, 2017