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Craig Levein sacked as Scotland manager

After weeks of speculation the SFA dismissed Craig Levein as Scotland manager. SFA boss Stewart Regan revealed that Levein planned to leave after the World Cup campaign. The SFA decided to let him go a little earlier.

There was considerable pressure from the media and the Tartan Army to change managers after Scotland’s slender hopes of qualifying for the finals in Rio were virtually demolished by a demoralising defeat to Wales.

"The factors that contributed to today's decision were the results first and foremost," Regan said, "and also Craig's intention to step down come what may at the end of the current campaign. He was thoroughly committed to the campaign, but he had decided that his future was not going to be in international football management."

Levein enjoyed some success as Hearts manager, but found the transition into the Scotland job somewhat difficult. He won just three of 12 competitive matches while in charge.

The SFA will begin their search for a successor, with Gordon Strachan strongly tipped as first choice. Strachan has been working as an occasional TV pundit since leaving Middlesbrough two years ago. Joe Jordan and Alex McLeish are also available. Under-21 manager Billy Stark will be in charge temporarily.

Regan wants to use the remainder of the World Cup qualifiers to mend the team spirit and build for the future. "I think first of all we just need to restore some respectability to the current campaign. At the beginning of the campaign, if you'd have asked where we thought we'd be after four games, it wouldn't have been bottom."

Levein won’t be too despondent. The SFA will continue to pay the remainder of his contracted salary for the next 20 months, which amounts to £700,000, and he won’t have to worry about whether Scotland’s talented players can perform to the best of their abilities.

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