Alex McLeish leaves Scotland role with immediate effect

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The Scottish FA have confirmed that Alex McLeish will leave his role as the Scotland National Team Head Coach with immediate effect.

In a statement on their website, the SFA added that the decision was “agreed collectively by the board,” and that his assistant coaches, Peter Grant, James McFadden and Stevie Woods, will also leave their roles.

Scottish FA Chief Executive said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to place on record my thanks to Alex and his backroom team for their efforts in leading the national team over the past 12 months, not least in topping our UEFA Nations League group and reaching the play-offs.

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“The decision 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.

Alex McLeish has left his role as Head Coach of Scotland after 12 games in charge.
Alex McLeish has left his role as Head Coach of Scotland after 12 games in charge.

“With that in mind, it was agreed that we would seek to recruit a new management team to take us forward for the remainder of European Qualifying campaign.”

“We firmly believe we have the potential to recover from the opening group defeat and unlock the potential of this exciting squad of players for the remainder of the campaign, safe in the knowledge we also have the play-offs as an additional route to UEFA Euro 2020.”

McLeish won only five of his 12 games in charge of Scotland with the team currently second bottom of their Euro 2020 qualifying group following a heavy defeat to Kazakstan in their opening game, and then a narrow victory over San Marino.

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