SFA confirms Gordon Strachan stay


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The SFA has confirmed that under-fire Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will remain as coach of the national side.

The Tartan Army have endured a disappointing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, picking up just four points from their opening four matches, and they are already six points behind group leaders England.

Strachan’s position as manager had been the subject of speculation after Friday’s 3-0 defeat to England, but following a performance review, the SFA has decided the 59-year-old is the right man to take the team forward.

An SFA statement read: “Following the review, the decision has been taken to continue to support Gordon Strachan and his staff.”

Strachan himself remains convinced that he can still guide the team to World Cup qualification, as Scotland bid to reach their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.

“I still believe we can get ourselves back into contention in the group,” Strachan said. There are still 18 points to play for and the players, the staff and I, as in previous games, will give everything we have to turn things around.”

Scotland will not return to competitive action until March when they will take on Slovenia, who are currently four points ahead of them in the group, at Hampden Park.

Strachan’s men will then face a home match with England in June and they are available at 67.00 to end the qualifying campaign as group winners.

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