Strachan to stay on as Scotland manager

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

Strachan has won three of his last nine competitive matches

Gordon Strachan is to carry on as Scotland manager following a poor start to the World Cup qualifying campaign, BBC Scotland has learned.

The 59-year-old was considering his future following Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat in Slovakia.

But the former Celtic and Middlesbrough boss has decided to remain for the next game against England, at least.

Scotland visit Wembley on 11 November, trailing the group leaders by three points after three games.

Strachan signed a two-year deal in the summer after failing to lead the national side to Euro 2016.

He succeeded Craig Levein in January 2013 and has been in charge for 32 games, with a 47% win record.

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In 19 competitive matches, Strachan has won eight but a run of only three victories – against Gibraltar, twice, and Malta – in the past nine has put his position under increased scrutiny.

Assistant manager Mark McGhee told BBC Scotland on Thursday morning that he had not spoken to Strachan since returning from Slovakia but remains upbeat on the prospect of reaching a first major tournament since 1998.

“I still think we have a great chance of qualification,” said the Motherwell boss.

“Obviously results have to improve but I think there is the potential for that to happen.”

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