Mackay hired as Scotland interim boss after World Cup woe

Mackay hired as Scotland interim boss after World Cup woe

The former Watford, Cardiff and Wigan manager will combine both jobs and take the team for the 9 November friendly against Netherlands at Pittodrie.

He added: "Ultimately we're in a results business and we had a manager in place for nearly five years".

The former Aberdeen and Manchester United midfielder's position is on the agenda after Scotland failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

From a desperate low of 67th at the start of this year, the managerless Scots will be 29th in the World when Federation Internationale de Football Association announce their positions later this month - a massive rise of 38 places.

Regan refused to be drawn on whether Mackay would be a candidate for the permanent manager's role.

"Malky's the performance director", he said. We asked him to take the team in Aberdeen and he was delighted to do so.

Regan, who will lead the recruitment campaign with as-yet-unspecified SFA board colleagues, insisted nationality was no barrier to an appointment.

After Sam Allardyce was quoted among the favourites for the job by some bookmakers, Regan was asked whether a former England manager might be considered.

"The players should receive vast credit for that resilience in coming back from a hard start and I would like to thank each and every player who has come in to represent their country".

"We believe we will be able to compete to get the best person for this job", he said.

The board chose not to extend Strachan's time in charge, or Mark McGhee's contract, and are now searching for a new manager ahead of the UEFA nations League and Euro 2020 qualifiers.

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