Alex McLeish’s second spell as Scotland boss comes to abrupt end as he is SACKED in wake of embarrassing Kazakhstan defeat


Alex McLeish’s second spell as Scotland boss comes to abrupt end as he is SACKED in wake of embarrassing Kazakhstan defeat

Alex McLeish’s second spell at Scotland manager has come to an end, the Scottish Football Association has announced.

McLeish’s fate was decided at a Hampden board meeting  that was called to thrash out a decision on whether to sack him in the wake of last month’s humiliating 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan.

Alex McLeish has been axed by Scotland

The Scottish Football Association announced McLeish would be leaving his role “with immediate effect” after board members gathered for a meeting at Hampden on Thursday morning.

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell said in a statement: “The decision to part company was not an easy one, especially given Alex’s status as a Scotland Hall of Fame member, earning 77 international caps, having played in three World Cups and taken charge of the national team for two spells.

“It was only taken after full consideration by the board and after an honest and respectful conversation between myself and Alex earlier in the week. Ultimately, the performances and results as a whole in the past year – and, in particular, the manner of the defeat in Kazakhstan – did not indicate the progress expected with a squad we believe to be capable of achieving more.”

McLeish led Scotland to Nations League success last year but the 3-0 defeat in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier in Kazakhstan last month was regarded as one of the worst in the national team’s history.