Tuesday, 15th January, 2013

Scotland have confirmed Gordon Strachan as their new national team manager.

The Scottish FA have been looking for a new boss since sacking Craig Levein in November, after a poor run of results made qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil an uphill struggle.

Now Strachan, whose last job in football was as manager of Middlesbrough, has agreed to return to football to take on the challenge.

And it is one the 55-year-old, who has penned a deal running until the end of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, as a proud Scotsman, is clearly relishing, believing the timing is ideal from his point of view.


"I’m very proud but also my family are proud. The time is right for me to be able to take a job like this", Strachan was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"Every club you go to there’s always challenges but this is the first time the challenges are in front of a nation.

"If you can be successful you can make a nation happy and make a nation proud and that is the priority for me to be able to do that with help from other people.

"I’ve had to deal with players and I’ve also had a couple of years where I can look at national football.

"I have the experience, I like working with people, I like dealing with people and I like trying to make people better."

Strachan’s first match in charge of Scotland will be a home friendly against Estonia next month, a game the former Celtic manager will surely want the side to win, in order to start his reign off on the right foot.

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