ALEX McLEISH has been sacked as Scotland manager following a Scottish FA board meeting.

His assistant coaches, Peter Grant, James McFadden and Stevie Woods, will also leave their roles.

The decision has been widely-anticipated after Scotland's disastrous start to Euro 2020 qualifying.

The national team suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat away to Kazakhstan to start off the campaign, before Scotland laboured to a 2-0 win over minnows San Marino.

McLeish's tenure got off to an encouraging start when Scotland topped their Nations League group ahead of Israel and Albania, but pressure had been mounting on the 60-year-old ever since the dreadful performance against Kazakhstan.


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It is not yet known who the Scottish FA would like to appoint as McLeish's successor.

An SFA statement read: "Since Alex’s arrival in February of last year, Scotland have topped their UEFA Nations League Group, securing a UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying play-off place.

"However, the Board believes a change of management is necessary to reinvigorate the European Qualifying campaign after a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan in the opening Group I match last month.

"Scotland, who defeated San Marino 2-0 in Matchday Two, resume the campaign in June against Cyprus and Belgium and the process of recruiting a new management team will begin immediately."

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to place on record my thanks to Alex and his backroom team for their efforts in leading the national team over the past 12 months, not least in topping our UEFA Nations League group and reaching the play-offs.

“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.

“With that in mind, it was agreed that we would seek to recruit a new management team to take us forward for the remainder of European Qualifying campaign.

“At this point I would like to pay tribute to Alex for the good grace with which he has accepted the decision and for remaining unstinting in his support of the team for the remainder of the campaign. It befits his status as a Scotland legend and Hall of Fame inductee.

“We firmly believe we have the potential to recover from the opening group defeat and unlock the potential of this exciting squad of players for the remainder of the campaign, safe in the knowledge we also have the play-offs as an additional route to UEFA EURO 2020.

“With Hampden Park one of the Host City Venues for the 60th Anniversary of the European Championships, we are determined to ensure our supporters can watch the national team participate in UEFA EURO 2020.

“Alex, Peter, James and Stevie leave with our best wishes for continued success in the future.”

McLeish said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to have managed my country for a second time and leave knowing that I gave my all in the pursuit of success.

"I am proud that together we finished top of our UEFA Nations League group and qualified for the UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs, which gives us a real opportunity to reach a major tournament for the first time in over 20 years.

“I am also pleased to have given many younger players a first taste of international football that will stand them – and the country – in good stead for the future.

“I would like to thank those players who showed a passion for wearing the dark blue, my assistants, Peter, James and Stevie, for their contribution over the past year. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the entire national team backroom staff and my friends and colleagues at the Scottish FA.

“Finally, I would like to thank the Scotland fans for their unwavering support of the team and look forward to taking my place among them in the future.”