ROSS COUNTY manager Owen Coyle has thrown his weight behind Gordon Strachan to remain as Scotland head coach.

Strachan, 60, has come under heavy criticism in the wake of the Scots’ 2-2 draw away to Slovenia – which saw them finish 3rd on goal difference to Slovakia.

The 51-year-old, who only took charge in Dingwall last month, believes that Strachan has earned the right to another crack at qualification.

“No, it’s not a time for change. It’s a time for stability.

“Had it gone the other way and the team was in a great position and lost it bit by bit but it was the reverse.

“They had a dip in the middle of the group but they’ve picked themselves up and finished so strongly.”

The Scottish FA have said that they will be reviewing Strachan’s position in a meeting at Hampden tomorrow and Coyle reckons that the five game unbeaten run at the end of the qualification process has done enough to earn Strachan a new contract.

“You look at the performance against England and how close they came that day. Had they held on they would probably be in the play-offs already.”

Coyle was also complimentary of the work that Strachan’s side did in turning around the results.

“There’s a lot of good work been done by Gordon and the team. It’s time for everyone to get behind him, show that level of support and really push us on to get ready for the next European Championships.”


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