Alex McLeish fired from Scotland picker post

Alex McLeish fired from Scotland picker post

Scotland coach Alex McLeish has stepped down as coach of Scotland by mutual agreement and with immediate effect, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) announced today without giving the name of the successor.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to have trained my country for the second time and come out with the awareness that I have done everything I could in the pursuit of success. I am proud that we have ended up leading our League of Nations group and Euro2020 play-offs, which give us a real chance to reach a major international tournament for the first time in over 20 years, "the coach said in statements published on the official SFA website.

Alex McLeish, 60, returned to Scotland's command in February 2018, after a first leg in 2007, during which he won seven of his 10 matches.

For the past 14 months, he has scored five wins in 12 games, securing first place in Group 1 of League C of the League of Nations with nine points ahead of Israel and Albania, confirming the rise in qualifying in that event and a 'play-offs' of access to the finals of the 2020 European Championship.

However, the Scots started qualifying for next year's competition to be held in 12 different European cities, including Glasgow, with a 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan on 21 March, three days before winning by 2 -0 on the San Marino ground.

After two games, Scotland, which has not participated in a major international competition since the 1998 World Cup in France, is ranked fifth and penultimate in Group I with three points, on a par with Russia, Kazakhstan and Cyprus, and three Belgium, an isolated leader.

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