Strachan ends long wait to be Scotland boss

Daily Echo: Gordon Strachan unveiled as Scotland manager today. Gordon Strachan unveiled as Scotland manager today.

Gordon Strachan admitted being appointed the Scotland manager was the culmination of a personal project "40 years in the making".

The former Celtic, Southampton, Coventry and Middlesbrough boss replaces Craig Levein, who was sacked in November, as the Scottish Football Association confirmed his appointment at Hampden.

He told Sky Sports News: "I am very very proud in myself and my family are proud I've become Scotland manager. It's a great day for me to do this and it's been 40 years in the making.

"There'll be rough times but I know there'll be good times too." Strachan, whose contract runs up until Euro 2016, stated his desire to make Scotland a proud footballing country once more.

He said: "Every club you go to there's always challenges but this is the first time the challenges are in front of a nation.

"If you can be successful you can make a nation happy and make a nation proud and that is the priority for me to be able to do that with help from other people."

Strachan, who has been out of a manager's job since leaving Middlesbrough in 2010, claimed it was the perfect time to step into the role.

"You're always interested as long as someone asks you. But I think that time is right now because I've had that European experience," he added. "I've had to deal with players and I've also had a couple of years where I can look at national football.

"The time is right for me to be able to take a job like this. I have the experience, I like working with people, I like dealing with people and I like trying to make people better."

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8:28am Tue 15 Jan 13

Nemesisaint says...

Good luck to GDS, it is a shame that he has so little to work with, but if anyone can get some success, I am sure he will.
Good luck to GDS, it is a shame that he has so little to work with, but if anyone can get some success, I am sure he will. Nemesisaint
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8:53am Tue 15 Jan 13

Alicesdad says...

Best of luck to him. It's a big come down since managing Saints.
Best of luck to him. It's a big come down since managing Saints. Alicesdad
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10:12am Tue 15 Jan 13

Folkestone Saint says...

Don't forget when the going get's tough he walk's
Don't forget when the going get's tough he walk's Folkestone Saint
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11:41am Tue 15 Jan 13

Alicesdad says...

He wont keep that job for long then !
He wont keep that job for long then ! Alicesdad
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12:10pm Tue 15 Jan 13

mbetts says...

Gave many Saints fans their best footballing memories in recent years, good luck to Strachan!
Gave many Saints fans their best footballing memories in recent years, good luck to Strachan! mbetts
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12:45pm Tue 15 Jan 13

since 1885 says...

Well done Wee man! Best of luck! You'll need it!
Well done Wee man! Best of luck! You'll need it! since 1885
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2:37pm Tue 15 Jan 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

Good luck to Gordon.He did Sothampton proud but he will have his work cut out with scotland.
Good luck to Gordon.He did Sothampton proud but he will have his work cut out with scotland. CB FRY LIVES
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8:02pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Snebs says...

Good luck Gordon probably one our best Managers it was a pleasure watching Saints during his time at St Mary's
Good luck Gordon probably one our best Managers it was a pleasure watching Saints during his time at St Mary's Snebs
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