Despite a poor start to World Cup qualifying the Scottish FA have decided not to fire manager Gordon Strachan, partly because there is no better Scottish option available.
After four qualifying games, Scotland find themselves second bottom of their group with four points, six points behind group leaders England and four points behind second place Slovenia.
The Scottish FA justified the decision to retain Wee Gordie by saying:
The Board of the Scottish FA today considered the performance of the Scotland Men’s A squad so far in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifying campaign.
As part of this review, the National Coach, Gordon Strachan, provided his feedback on the campaign and his views on the team’s prospects in 2017
Following the review, the decision has been taken to continue to support Gordon Strachan and his staff.
Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “The Board have considered the team’s performance since the start of the campaign and subsequently discussed the disappointing points total after four matches.
“Gordon shared the disappointment of the Board and, of course, the fans. He is adamant, however, that we can recover the position and believes a play-off place still to be attainable.
“The Board are convinced that he still has the hunger for this challenge and we have four home qualifiers in 2017 to rejuvenate our campaign.
“We support Gordon unanimously in improving our qualification prospects.”
Gordon Strachan, Scotland National Coach:
“We were all extremely disappointed with the result on Friday night but having reflected on our performance, I still believe we can get ourselves back into contention in the group.
“There are still 18 points to play for and the players, the staff and I, as in previous games, will give everything we have to turn things around.
“I have said consistently that our fans deserve success and a return to a major tournament finals.
“Although we have had a difficult start to the campaign, I firmly believe that this group of players, together with our supporters, can maximise our chances of a play-off place, starting with the home match against Slovenia in March.”
Strachan has only managed 15 wins from his 33 matches in charge of Scotland and has only won one of his last six.