With the appointment of Gordon Strachan as Craig Levein’s successor to the Scotland job, Andy Muirhead looks at the man we know and what we can expect from him.
EXCERPT – THE puppet king is dead, long live the king. Scotland have ditched Craig Levein and installed Gordon Strachan as their new manager, and it’s about time too.
In my opinion Strachan should have been given the job well before now, Scotland should have had Strachan as manager instead of George Burley and definitely ahead of Craig Levein.
Scotland were subjected to two managers who were not up to the job, a decision that many believed was down to the smaller wage bill handed to the two than anything else.
Sadly, Scotland WILL miss the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and we can not only blame Levein with another failure – nothing glorious about this one now – but also the Scottish FA, who decided to hire a man who had achieved nothing in his managerial career – and failed to manage at the highest level.
Scotland now have a man in place who has achieved much in both his playing and managerial career.
As a player, Strachan played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen and at Manchester United. He then went on to Leeds United and Coventry City, where he ended his playing career.
His playing career was rich with silverware, at Aberdeen, he won two league titles, three Scottish Cups, the European Cup Winner’s Cup and the European Super Cup. At Manchester United, he won the FA Cup, while at Leeds United he won the First and Second Division titles as well as the FA Charity Shield. He was also capped 50 times for Scotland.
His managerial career started off at Coventry, replacing Ron Atkinson. He was at City for five years, before he was sacked. Weeks later he was back in a job, this time on the south coast of England with Southampton where he led the club to an FA Cup Final place in 2003, losing out to Arsenal 1-0.
However, his most successful period as a manager was in Glasgow at Celtic Football Club, where he won three SPL league title, a Scottish Cup and two League Cups. On top of all that he led Celtic to the Last 16 of the Champions League in consecutive years.
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