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Strachan to stay as Scotland manager

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Strachan to stay as Scotland manager

Thereport24.com Desk:

Gordon Strachan will continue as Scotland manager, with the 58-year-old signing a two-year contract extension, BBC reports.

He will lead them in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers having been heartened by the support he received from Tartan Army fans.

Strachan, who succeeded Craig Levein in January 2013, said: "It is an honour and a privilege to manage my country.

"And, in a way, that has made the disappointment of not qualifying for Euro 2016 all the more profound."

Scotland finished fourth in their qualifying group and miss out on next year's finals in France.

"Nonetheless, the reaction from the supporters throughout the campaign, and in particular from those who travelled to Faro in their thousands, is an experience that will live with me for the rest of my life," Strachan said in a statement.

"It was a recognition that the players' efforts had been appreciated.

"That appreciation and goodwill has also been apparent in the messages of support I have received this week, from emails and letters to chats in the street."

Newly appointed Motherwell manager Mark McGhee will continue as Strachan's assistant, with former Rangers manager Stuart McCall as coach.

"I want the best for our country and for those players and I believe we can make Scotland proud in the upcoming qualifiers," said Strachan, who won 50 caps as a player.

"For that reason, I am delighted to have been asked to continue in my role and I look forward to working with my backroom staff and the players to improve on the previous campaign and look forward to the World Cup qualifiers with optimism."

Ends/thereport24.com/MI/Oct 17, 2015