SFA must adopt hardline stance and sack manager at first failed qualifying attempt says Willie Miller

Scotland legend Willie Miller today insisted Gordon Strachan’s successor must end two decades of qualifying pain or be axed.

Departing boss Strachan oversaw two failed qualifying campaigns and Miller reckons the SFA must now adopt a hardline stance towards any failed bid to reach a major finals – especially with Euro 2020 expanded to 24 teams.

Following the failure to reach Euro 2016, the SFA gave Strachan another contract which led to the doomed bid to reach the World Cup in Russia.

The search for his replacement begins today after Strachan, whose contract was set to expire next month, left the managerial position by “mutual consent”.

Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee stepped down with immediate effect.

A veteran of two World Cups, Miller reckons there are enough strong Scottish candidates, but would not be averse to going down the route of a foreign coach.

Scotland have only ever been managed by one overseas coach – German Berti Vogts from 2002 to 2004.

Miller reckons whoever the Scots appoint manager the message should be clear – reach Euro 2020 or walk.

He said: “Scotland should qualify for Euro 2020 as there are 24 teams going there.

“When I was playing it was eight teams, then it jumped up to 16 and now it is 24 teams.

“The Euros have opened up for a nation like Scotland so if the new manager cannot secure qualification for 2020 that should be the end of his contract. If he cannot qualify for the Euros then we look for the next man again until we get that right man.”

Former Scotland boss Alex McLeish is among the early names linked with the vacant position. McLeish took the Scots to the brink of Euro 2008 qualification only to lose out to a controversial late goal in a 2-1 home loss to Italy.

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Source:: Evening Express – All articles

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