Graeme Sharp: David Moyes unlikely to replace Gordon Strachan

Scotland finished third in their qualifying group behind leaders England and Slovakia

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: "After nearly five years the Board felt it was time for a new direction to prepare for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and also the forthcoming UEFA Nations League".

Not that there was ever much doubt, but Gordon Strachan has today left his post as Scotland manager with immediate effect after failing to qualify for his second major tournament in succession.

And with Mackay who already has a position at the Scottish FA, he could be seen as the safe-bet option to lead his county forward.

David Moyes was listed as the early bookmakers' favourite to succeed Strachan and is thought to be keen on the prospect of managing his country.

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Moyes has been out of football since he left Sunderland at the end of last season. He was then appointed as manager of Wigan Athletic, as he was unable to keep the Lactics in the Championship.

"The players should receive huge credit for that resilience in coming back from a hard start and I thank every player who has come in to represent their country".

"I also disappointed at missing the play-off". 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.

A statement released by the Scottish FA, which also confirmed that Strachan's assistant coach Mark McGhee would be departing the national team setup, expressed the nation's disappointment at another botched qualification opportunity, but praised Strachan for clawing Scotland back to the brink of a playoff spot after a poor start to their campaign. "It has been a real privilege".

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