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Next Scotland manager: Who will replace Gordon Strachan? All the information you need on next Scotland manager odds

Gordon Strachan looks on during a Scotland national football team training session.

Next Scotland manager: Gordon Strachan will be tasked with securing a qualification route into the 2018 FIFA World Cup but should the campaign prove disastrous, who could replace the legendary Scot? We provide information on all of the likely candidates, including next Scotland manager odds, right here.



Team Status


One of the oldest international sides in world football, Scotland contested the first international fixture in 1872 with England and have since developed a long-standing rivalry. 

Backed by a passionate fan-base, Scotland have qualified for eight FIFA World Cup finals and two UEFA European Championships, but have never progressed past the group stage.

Though their bitter neighbours England arguably produce better teams, it is the Scots who have enjoyed incredible individual talents such as Jim Baxter, Dave Mackay, Jimmy Johnstone, Ally McCoist, Gordon Strachan, Graeme Souness, Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish.

Scotland's most noteworthy performances include a 3-2 victory over old rival England at Wembley Stadium, when the Three Lions were world champions in 1967, as well as a 3-2 victory over the Netherlands in the 1978 World Cup that contained a stunning goal from Archie Gemmill and a brace of 1-0 wins over France during the qualification process for the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament. 

Current Scotland National Team Manager


Strachan and Scotland harshly missed out on qualification into the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France. (Getty)
Gordon Strachan

A diminutive but thoroughly effective midfielder during his playing days, Strachan began his managerial career in Coventry City, before joining Southampton where he led the Saints to the FA Cup final in 2003. 

Tremendous success awaited him at Celtic, where he collected a hat-trick of SPL titles and a 67% winning ratio from four seasons in charge.

Strachan then spent an underwhelming year at Middlesbrough, before eventually taking over the Scottish national football team in 2013, a position he holds to this day.

Known for his focus on health and fitness, Strachan has a deadpan personality that transcends well to his players. He is rigorous on the training ground and during game preparation. 

Scotland could perhaps be deemed unfortunate as, while qualification for the Euro 2016 tournament was expanded from 16 teams to 24, they shared a qualification group with Germany, Poland and the Republic of Ireland and consequently struggled to book their tickets to the finals in France.  

Thus far, their qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals has been no better as Scotland have picked up just four points after three games, recently losing 3-0 to Slovakia and 3-0 to England, to drop down to fifth in Group F, one point behind Lithuania. 

Consequently, Strachan may well be under pressure to prove himself as the man that can lead the national team into a qualifying spot but, with time running out, a number of candidates are being pushed forward by the media and by bookmakers.

Next Scotland Manager Odds


The Scottish Football Association only recently ratified a new contract with Strachan and so it was previously assumed the 59-year-old would be entrusted with the national team’s fortunes when it comes to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Strachan has even been a fans favourite and so talk about the next Scotland manager was once muted, however, with recent losses to Slovakia and England, there have been a number of new names considered as the next Scotland manager.


Alex McLeish - 4/1
David Moyes - 6/1
Derek McInnes - 6/1
Michael O'Neill - 6/1
Paul Lambert 8/1
Lars Lagerback - 10/1
Alan Irvine - 12/1
Steve Clarke - 12/1
Joe Jordan - 16/1
Alex Neil - 16/1
Alex Ferguson - 20/1
Tommy Wright - 20/1
Gary McAllister - 25/1
Graeme Souness - 25/1
Kenny Dalglish - 25/1
Sam Allardyce 25/1
Ally McCoist - 33/1

Key Influences - Who helps decide on the manager's future?


There are eight members at board-room level in the Scottish FA, with president Alan McRae, vice-president Rod Petrie and a variety of other officers all providing vital roles. 

Chief executive Stewart Regan is the mouth-piece between the board and the media and recently gave his full backing to Strachan.

Significant Previous Managers


Significant Previous Managers

NameTenure
Ian McColl1960-1965
Willie Ormond1973-1977
Jock Stein1978-1985
Craig Brown1993-2002

International Honours


No major honours.

Potential Future Scotland Managers and next Scotland Manager Betting Advice


With Strachan now under pressure to deliver, there is escalating talk of a potential successor. At present, the candidates list is predominantly Scottish, however, the Scottish FA perhaps should consider a foreign manager.

Though Alex McLeish is the current favourite for the role, Iceland head coach Lars Largerback could be considered and continues to be linked with the role despite being a 10/1 outsider.

Much will depend on the future results Strachan can obtain. If Strachan is to be given more time he must win immediately, starting with the next match against Slovenia on Sunday, March 26.



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