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Summary

  1. Strachan leaves after SFA board meeting
  2. Assistant coach Mark McGhee also goes
  3. Strachan: 'It has been a real privilege'
  4. Moyes, O'Neill, McLeish in frame

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By Greg O'Keeffe

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

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Right, that's it for now.

Scotland are hunting a new manager after Gordon Strachan left his position by "mutual consent", four days after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Where next for Strachan? Where next for Scotland? Thanks for your company.

Until next time...

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Bogeyhead: I still have an Ally's Army beer mug at my mother's house. The team Ally MacLeod managed in 1978 was considered a failure for failing to get through the group stages in the 1978 World Cup despite the Archie Gemmill goal.

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Nevin has his say

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'Players aren't up to scratch'

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Gollybhoy: What Scotland needs is passion and that's what Strachan had, unfortunately the players aren't up to scratch.

Scree: He finally gets somewhere with the team, and now its back to square one for them.

Insertnamehere: There is no one out there in my opinion that will improve Scotland.

Remember when?

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The last time Scotland played at a World Cup tournament? Welcome to 1998...

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UK Phooey: We're not asking to win a tournament, just to qualify for one. Hard to believe this seems impossible. I was at the 1998 World Cup and it's astonishing that this was the last time Scotland qualified for a tournament.

EF: Scotland just lost their best manager. The SFA should all resign and let new people take charge.

Donnie McKenzie: Let's be blunt, Gordon was not the reason we have not qualified for the World Cup. It's the clowns at the top.

A second spell for McLeish?

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Alex McLeish is a popular candidate with the bookmakers to return to the Hampden hot seat for a second time.

His first stint in charge of Scotland saw him take charge of just 10 games, but it produced seven wins, including the James McFadden-inspired triumph over France in Paris in 2007.

The former Rangers boss went on to win the League Cup with Birmingham, but subsequent spells in charge at Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Belgian outfit Genk have not been quite so fruitful.

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'Scotland job doesn't float my boat' - Lennon

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More from Hibs boss Neil Lennon.

He may have ruled out the Scotland job for now but it could be something that appeals to the 46-year-old former Celtic and Bolton manager in the future.

"Maybe but it just doesn't float my boat. Gareth Southgate has gone in there but he has come through the system at England and he had to bide his time.

"You look at the experience Martin O'Neill has and again he was being pilloried by lots of people in Ireland for performances. It's all about results and when it comes down to it he got a result against Wales."

Heading for the golf course

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on 5 live

Gordon will be quite proud of some of the things he’s done and disappointed they didn’t get there in the end. Gordon takes life in a very calm and measured way. He’ll go for a game of golf.

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'Raw deal'

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Mark Davies: Gordon Strachan has had a raw deal. I thought he did well in a tough group with very average players.

Gumbo74: My favourite Strachan moment. "Gordon, Gordon can we have a quick word?" "Velocity". *Walks off*. Classic Strachan.

'Scotland's failure might not be the manager's fault'

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Scotland winger on 5 live

The easiest thing would be to say yes [Strachan deserved to go], because they’ve failed again to get to the finals, but it’s getting on 20 years, we’ve had managers such as Walter Smith, Alex McLeish, Gordon and others, and no-one’s managed to get Scotland to finals.

You get the feeling after a while that it might not be the manager. That’s my concern, but the decision’s made.

Lennon rules himself out

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Neil Lennon has ruled out any thoughts of becoming the new Scotland manager. Speaking prior to the SFA announcement of the departure of Gordon Strachan, the Hibernian manager says international management is not on his immediate radar.

"Not really, not at the minute. I get surprised when I see younger managers taking it [international management] on. Mark Hughes went straight into it and Slaven Bilic did it with Croatia.

"I just think the gap between the games is huge."

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'Moyes' stock has fallen'

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Scotland winger on 5 live

Will Scotland get anyone as good as Gordon Strachan? Maybe. Will they get anyone better? I would doubt it. The very best ones aren’t going to take that job.

If it was my choice I would go straight for David Moyes right now, however I’m not convinced that in Scotland he is seen in that light at the moment because of the difficulties he’s had in his last two jobs.

His star has slightly fallen and if you ask people in Scotland, a lot of people say he wouldn’t be their first choice. He would be mine.

Strachan leaving is a sad day - Brown

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Scotland skipper Scott Brown, who missed the final two qualifiers through injury, has had his say on Gordon Strachan's departure.

Brown posted the picture below with the message: "Sad sad sad day. We all had faith in Gordon and believed in making the Euros. 14 points out of 18 in 2017 - momentum was on our side."

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O'Neill in the running?

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Will Scotland turn to Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill?

The former Dundee United and Hibernian winger has performed wonders in charge of his native Northern Ireland, leading them to the last 16 at Euro 2016 and now to the play-offs for a place in Russia.

Despite having a limited talent pool to work with, his team comfortably beat both the Czech Republic and Norway to finish as runners-up to Germany in their qualifying group.

O'Neill still lives in Edinburgh, so his familiarity with the Scottish football landscape should make any potential switch a smooth one. But any move would surely depend on his current side coming up short in next month's play-offs.

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Fans split on exit

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Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland

The players loved Gordon Strachan, the media tolerated him and the fans were split down the middle but ultimately the results dictated he couldn’t carry on.

Yes, performances improved but ultimately it was two campaigns and two failures. There was only ever going to be one outcome.

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Moyes gets my vote - Nevin

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Former Scotland winger Pat Nevin says he would go straight for David Moyes if it was his decision.

However, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Nevin adds that he is not sure if Moyes' reputation is high enough at the moment for the SFA to make that call.

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Reaction as Strachan leaves

'No shock'

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Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland

There will be disagreements about the decision but few would argue that the news came as much of a shock.

The SFA could not be seen to be rewarding failure and as the players trudged off the pitch in Ljubljana, it felt like the end, not only for their World Cup chances, but for the manager.

He had come close to walking away in the past and the speed of today’s decision was most likely aided by a reluctance from the man himself to carry on.

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Roll back the clock?

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Could Scotland roll back the clock and go for Sir Alex Ferguson, Graeme Souness or Kenny Dalglish?

All three are 66/1 to bag the role with bookmakers to succeed Strachan.

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Win rate of 47.5%

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McInnes the next Scotland boss?

Who are the contenders?

Is Gordon Strachan's departure bad news for Aberdeen?

Dons boss Derek McInnes has been hailed for waking the sleeping Pittodrie giant since taking over four-and-a-half years ago.

His 2014 League Cup triumph ended Aberdeen's 19-year wait for a trophy and, despite working with a budget which is a fraction of that available to Celtic, his team have consistently been a thorn in the side of the Hoops in recent seasons.

He may not have the big-game management experience of some of his rivals, but his track record speaks for itself.

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Stat - there was a steadying

Strachan found some stability

According to Opta, after losing four of his first seven competitive games as Scotland boss, Strachan lost just four of the following 19.

He had a sense of humour

Strachan on form here

It's a good time for new guy

Successor inherits squad on the up

Who next for Scots?

Moyes? McLeish?

There are no shortage of candidates to replace Strachan immediately in the frame.

What about this guy? He's looking for work...

David Moyes
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David Moyes

Strachan's response

'It was a privilege'

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Gordon Strachan

In a statement released by the SFA Gordon Strachan said: “I said on my first day as Scotland manager that it was the proudest moment of my career and that I wanted to put a smile back on the nation’s face again.

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

“The players should receive immense credit for that resilience in coming back from a difficult start and I would like to thank each and every player who has come in to represent their country.

“Together we have shared some really magical moments and those memories will live with me for ever.

“Of course, what made those moments special was the unwavering support of our fans. 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.

“I would like to thank the Board, the backroom staff and everyone at the Scottish FA for the help and support they have given me as national coach.

"It has been a real privilege.”

The statement

How they said it

Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team.

"I know how disappointed he was that we couldn’t secure a play-off place but to come so close was a tribute to the belief he instilled in his squad.

It's over for Strachan

Scots opt for new direction

It always looked likely after their failure to qualify for the World Cup and now it's official.

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England deserve credit

Bilic talks Three Lions

Bilic believes England are too easily criticised
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Bilic believes England are too easily criticised

The West Ham manager has now been asked, seeing as it's international week, why England can be a bit dull to watch.

He said: “It’s hard to produce that rhythm. You need both teams to play. You can’t expect one team to run like crazy when the other is slowing the tempo of the game.

“That’s been for years the situation in international football.

"Sometimes in the Champions League and Europa League, English teams can’t get into the rhythm. You need both.

“I think England have done well. They’ve qualified and I know the English press and fans talk like qualifiers are like friendly games which, on one hand, OK, but only to a certain level.

“Portugal needed to win their final game in a group with Switzerland but if England were in a group with Switzerland you’d think they were like Slovenia. Italy are going to the Play-Offs, France needed to win their last game, Croatia needed to win to go to the Play-Offs and they have a really good team. ​

“Apart from Germany and Belgium, nobody cruised to qualification, so we should appreciate that.”

Oxford needs games

Youngster a prospect

Reece Oxford
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Reece Oxford

Reece Oxford played this week for England's U20s, and Bilic rates him.

He said: “He’s got that potential and he needed to somewhere to play regularly in a good league so he went to Monchengladbach, which is a good club in a good league. ​

“Unfortunately he didn’t play regularly so far, but hopefully he will do and he will play well and come back and show the quality and form to become a regular player for West Ham."

Carroll must be consistent

Bilic on striker's World Cup hopes

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Andy Carroll

Asked about striker Andy Carroll's motivation before a World Cup year, Bilic said:“Players are hoping and thinking of the World Cup, not only British players but the foreigners too. It’s a motivation and it’s the same for Andy Carroll.

“We spoke so many times, as we did before Euro 2016. He needs to be consistent, play well, score goals and make an impact on a regular basis for West Ham to think about an England call-up.​

“I watched the second England game because of Aaron Cresswell, but Andy needs to concentrate on club football because only by playing well for West Ham will he force Gareth Southgate to give him a call.”

Bilic on Brave Burnley

Hammers boss rates rivals

Bilic said: “Burnley are doing extremely well home and away. Last year they were a little bit too cautious, within reason, because they had been promoted and then relegated before.

“Last year they were playing more on reaction than action, but they have changed it. They are still very solid and when needed very direct, but you can see them play and being braver with the ball and on the ball.

“They kept the core of the team but added some more players and if you compare the team from the first game of last season, they have five new players. ​

“They have confidence and are playing well.”

Ignore Chicarito Rumours

Bilic dismisses 'unhappy' talk

Bilic said: “You have to bear in mind that Chicharito didn’t train with us and we play an away game on Saturday and he’ll only be in training on Friday, so we’re going to see (if he's fit for Saturday).

“The good thing is he played the first game and scored for Mexico, which is always good for the strikers, and he’ll train tomorrow. I’m expecting him to be available. ​

“Somebody made up the rumours that he is not happy at West Ham.”

West Ham striker Javier Hernandez
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West Ham striker Javier Hernandez

Bilic gives injury updates

West Ham boss is here

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is speaking now
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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is speaking now

Bilic said: "It is only Ginger Collins who is out with the ankle he injured against West Brom, but it’s only for a matter of days.

“Chicharito will be back today. He wasn’t with us because of the Mexico games and will be back in training tomorrow.

“OK, some of them only started training on Monday or Tuesday but it’s a good situation as most of them are fit and those who stayed back here worked on their stamina and their fitness.

“We mixed this break with a combination of days off and fitness work and it went really well and those things are why I am optimistic for this game.”

The Hammers face Burnley on Saturday.

New pitch for the Clarets

Training ground refreshed

They've got a swanky new Desso pitch at Burnley's Barnfield training centre.

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Dyche has been speaking

Burnley manager Sean Dyche
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche

Dyche preferred not to put a timescale on Jon Walters' absence through injury.

But he is, as you can well imagine, thrilled at Burnley's superb start to the season.

"We have never put boundaries on what this squad can achieve," he said. "It's just about adapting to the challenges.

"To get off to the start we have is very pleasing, but there's plenty of work to do and we know that."

It'll take time

Clement prepared to wait

Back in South Wales, Swansea manager Paul Clement is prepared to be patient.

On his new-look team, who face Huddersfield at the weekend, he said: "When you add in four or five others it will take time to integrate them. I expect them to show an improvement."

Mane loss tough to take - Salah

Reds star concerned over team-mate injury

Meanwhile Mo Salah has told the Liverpool Echo his feelings about Sadio Mane's injury set-back.

He said: "I texted him when he was at the national and then when he came back. He told me then he was injured so that’s bad news for everyone.”

Mo Salah and Sadio Mane of Liverpool.
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Mo Salah and Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

Tricky Nathan alright for Clement

Dyer done well at the Liberty

On Nathan Dyer, Clement said: "He brings another dynamic, because he is still quick, he can run with the ball and he can dribble and beat players."

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Nathan Dyer