Alex McLeish’s second spell as Scotland manager is over.
The Scottish Football Association announced McLeish would be leaving his role ‘with immediate effect’ after board members gathered for a meeting at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
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.’
Celtic boss Neil Lennon ruled himself out of the running for the Scotland job.
He said the next Scotland manager should be Scottish.
Asked if international management was something that would interest him, the Northern Irishman said: ‘No. I like the day-to-day stuff.
‘The Scotland job should be – whether you think this is antiquated or not – for a Scot and there are plenty of good candidates in line for the job.
‘The decision to remove Alex was premature and scandalous from my point of view.
‘There are a lot of good candidates out there and it is a prime job still.’