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Former SFA Performance Director Mark Wotte moves to Morocco

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Former Scottish FA Performance Director Mark Wotte is back in football after signing a deal with the Moroccan FA, after a year out of the game.

The Dutchman tweeted on Tuesday night that he had signed a deal with the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to work with their national youth teams.

He returns to North Africa for the first time since leaving the head coach’s role at Egyptian side SC Ismailia in June 2011.

Wotte was the Scottish FA’s Performance Director from 2011 to 2014 and had the responsibility of implementing the governing body’s ‘Performance Strategy’.

The Dutchman was appointed in the aftermath of former First Minister Henry McLeish’s review of the Scottish game, which had recommended a number of changes to the set up of the Scottish game – which included the appointment of a Performance Director.

During Wotte’s tenure seven regional performance schools, with over 300 players, have been set up throughout the country.

Following the announcement that he would leave his role at the Scottish FA, Wotte said: “I feel I have completed the tasks I was set and I am delighted with the swift progress, but I am really looking forward to a new challenge.

“I am proud to have been the Scottish FA’s first performance director leading this nationwide project.

“With the performance schools now into their third year, the successes in qualification for finals by our national youth teams and, of course, the great work by Gordon Strachan and Anna Signeul in the men’s and women’s A squads, I am confident that Scottish football is on the path to success again.”

Wotte, who has been recently co-commentating on Dutch Eredivisie games for Sky, was succeeded by former Celtic and Manchester United forward Brian McClair in June 2015 as the new Performance Director at the Scottish FA.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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