The Scottish Football Association


Scottish FA Board Statement: Craig Levein

Monday, 05 November 2012

The Scottish FA tonight announces that Craig Levein has been relieved of his duties as Scotland National Coach.

The Board of the Scottish FA has taken the decision primarily due to the disappointing results in the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Qualifiers, which have culminated in Scotland being bottom of the group after four matches.

In arriving at this decision, the Board was cognisant of Craig’s stated intention – expressed to the President and Chief Executive - to leave the job at the end of the current FIFA World Cup campaign.

The Association stresses that it will honour Craig’s contract.

Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive, said: “We are taking this decision with real sadness. Craig has worked hard to bring success, and has been thoroughly professional in his approach to the job. He has achieved a great deal with the team and in other areas, such as the Performance Strategy. However, he would be the first to agree that football is a results-driven business.

“For that reason we have relieved Craig of his duties with immediate effect.

“Billy Stark will take interim charge of the team for the friendly against Luxembourg. There will be a short delay in announcing that squad, which Billy will select, and we have informed the Luxembourg FA of this development.

“We will shortly announce an interim replacement for the Under-21 squad ahead of their match against Portugal next week.

“After the Luxembourg match, the Board will meet to begin the process of identifying and recruiting the next National Coach to take us forward. We will give ourselves time, given our fixture schedule, to find the right person for the job.

“The challenge for the squad now is to improve our position in Group A and, subsequently, improve our position in the FIFA rankings. We also must begin preparations for the UEFA European Championships in France in 2016, which for the first time will have 24 qualification places available.”

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