The Scottish FA have announced that former Manchester United forward Brian McClair has been appointed the new Performance Director, replacing Mark Wotte who left the position last year claiming that he had ‘completed’ all his aims.
The 51-year-old said: “I am extremely proud to have been given the responsibility to help Scottish football move forward as Performance Director of the Scottish FA.
“I am sure my experiences can be of benefit to Scottish football and having spent the majority of the last 30 years in England with Manchester United I am looking forward to coming home, working with the coaching team at the Scottish FA and the clubs, and sharing the knowledge I have built up in that time to take on this new, exciting challenge.”
McClair spent 25 years at Manchester United, as a player, youth coach and director of their youth academy up until recently.
According to the statement on the Scottish FA website, McClair was the ‘preferred candidate’ selected by a recruitment team which involved Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, Walter Smith, Andy Roxburgh and current Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan.
Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan added: “The process of identifying a new Performance Director was thorough and hugely uplifting when we considered the quality of candidates. Brian very quickly became a stand-out with his blend of experiences not just from his trophy-laden career as a player at Manchester United, and his international contribution, but the depth of his coaching experiences with one of the biggest and most successful teams in the world.
“He has been at the cutting edge of coaching evolution, analysis and performance management at Manchester United and the recruitment panel were convinced he was the ideal person to lead the Performance Strategy into an exciting new era, enhancing the current provision while demonstrating the benefits of the investment so far to the future of Scottish football.”
McClair will take up his new role on Monday 1st June.