Not that there was ever much doubt, but Gordon Strachan has today left his post as Scotland manager with immediate effect after failing to qualify for his second major tournament in succession.
A 2-2 draw in their final qualifier against Slovenia last week was enough to see the Scots fall short of reaching Russia 2018 on goal difference, with Strachan left to rue his side’s genetic deficiencies in the aftermath.
After a quick round of summit talks with the Scottish FA, the decision has now been made for Strachan (and his assistant Mark McGhee) to move aside and left somebody else have a stab…
— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) October 12, 2017
Strachan just about kept his job when Scotland failed to reach Euro 2016, with a smattering of improved performances convincing the SFA committing to give the 60-year-old a second chance.
However, the campaign to qualify for Russia proved more difficult, with contentious team selections, unwarranted faith in under-performing players and, crucially, a paucity of points ultimately contributing to Strachan’s demise.
David Moyes is the instant bookie’s favourite to take up the mantle, with the national job pretty much representing the only opportunity it would make sense for him to seize as things currently stand.
Go ahead and put a shiny six pence on it.