The Scottish FA has begun its search for a new Performance Director to lead on the development of elite players in Scotland.

The role will encompass a range of responsibilities relating to the Performance Strategy, which was conceived as part of the Henry McLeish Review of Scottish Football.

As well as overseeing the men’s and women’s football programmes from under-15 through to under-21 level, the successful candidate will also be tasked with taking forward the performance schools programme.

The Scottish FA appointed Mark Wotte as its first-ever Performance Director in 2011 to implement the Performance Strategy framework.

Scottish FA Chief Executive Stewart Regan has taken initial steps in the recruitment of Mark’s successor and has enlisted the help of Scotland national coaches past and present to identify the ideal candidate.

Gordon Strachan, the Scotland national coach, will be heavily involved in the process while two former national coaches, Walter Smith and Andy Roxburgh, will also offer their vast experience.

Stewart Regan said: “We have started the process of recruiting a new Performance Director which is a key role in relating to our strategy document Scotland United: A 2020 vision.

“Mark Wotte provided us with a solid foundation on which to build future success on and we are speaking to a range of people in the coming weeks as we look to recruit the right person to take the strategy forward.

“We are looking for someone with a proven track record in coaching and developing elite youth players at the highest level to oversee the performance infrastructure and help create world class footballers.”

More information regarding the role of Performance Director can be found here...