Malky Mackay and David Moyes favourites to succeed Gordon Strachan at Scotland

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 October 2017, 15:21

Gordon Strachan has become the first Home Nations managerial casualty since the completion of the 2018 World Cup group stage qualification process.

Scotland agonisingly missed out on a play-off spot after drawing 2-2 with Slovenia in their final game, meaning they finished down in 3rd, behind Group F winners England and runners-up Slovakia.

It was heartbreaking for the Scots whose last appearance at a major tournament dates back 19 years to the 1998 World Cup, failing to qualify for the subsequent 10 tournaments.

Scotland may be unbeaten in seven matches stretching back a year, but their qualification disappointment means Strachan had come under-fire since Sunday, and now today (Thursday) he’s been sent packing, along with his assistant Mark McGhee.

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In total Strachan took charge of 40 matches, winning 19, drawing nine and losing 12, giving him a win rate at 48%.

Malky Mackay and David Moyes have emerged as the early favourites in the betting followed by the likes Derek McInnes, Alex McLeish, Michael O’Neill, and even former England boss Sam Allardyce, who is remarkably a 14/1 shot to become the first manager to ever take charge of Scotland and England…(see tweet below).

Former Cardiff and Wigan boss Mackay hasn’t been seen in the dugout in two-and-half-years, but his current role as Scotland’s performance director of football could see him bag the job.

Decision will be split on Moyes who has endured a stinker in recent posts at Man Utd, Real Sociedad, and most recently Sunderland who dismally flopped out of the Premier League last season.

However, while he’s suffered in recent years, Moyes will be eager to storm back and prove himself, and what better way to do that then taking charge of his own country and leading them into a major tournament!

It’s difficult to see Derek McInnes leaving his position in charge of Aberdeen, although this can’t be ruled out, while Michael O’Neill is unlikely to switch Northern Ireland for the Tartan Army.

Further afield the country’s U21 boss Scot Gemmill is a 25/1 shot, as is Billy Davies and even Sir Alex Ferguson!

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