Scotland place Malky Mackay in charge for Netherlands clash

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 13 October 2017, 15:10

Scotland have named Malky Mackay as their interim manager ahead of their upcoming clash against the Netherlands, 24 hours after axing boss Gordon Strachan following the country’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup.

Mackay is currently working as a performance director for the Scottish FA, which explained his appearance in the top echelons of the Next Scotland Manager Market, alongside former Man Utd boss David Moyes, and disgraced ex-England boss Sam Allardyce.

Mackay began his managerial career at Watford, spending two years at Vicarage Road, before moving to Wales with Cardiff in 2011. Under the Scot the Bluebirds soared to their first ever League Cup final, losing to Liverpool, but the following season he led the club up to the Premier League.

However, five months later he was sacked following a faltering relationship with Cardiff’s owner Vincent Tan.

Mackay was then linked with Crystal Palace, but his chances of bagging the job were scuppered after Cardiff fired out a dossier to the FA claiming that he’d previously sent text messages of a racist, sexist and homophobic nature.

Mackay was not charged by the FA but missed out on the Eagles job, later returning to the dugout with Wigan in late 2014, replacing Uwe Rosler.

Since leaving Wigan in April 2015 the 42-year-old has yet to return to management, but has been the Scottish FA’s performance director since December, and after being named as the country’s interim boss, he could soon be Strachan’s permanent replacement.

Regarding the country’s search for a new manager SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said:

"Recruitment phase begins next week. It's difficult to put a timescale on replacement. We believe we can compete [financially] to get the right person for the manager's job.

"We want someone capable of getting (Scotland) to Euro 2020."

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