Strachan, who enjoyed a playing career of over 20 years with the likes of Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds, and Coventry, has previous managing experience with British clubs Middlesbrough, Celtic, Southampton, and Coventry. He takes over from former Scotland manager Craig Levein, who was fired in November due to the team’s poor results. Levein has still been in the headlines lately though as he’s taking the Scottish Football Association to court over his severance pay.
After playing 50 times for Scotland and managing just five goals, Strachan said it has always a dream of his to also manage the team and he’s going to make the best of the seemingly difficult situation. The new manager said his goal is to win games, and not just to be competitive as that’s disrespectful to the fans.
Strachan has won numerous championships and medals as a player, including the Scottish Premier Division, the Scottish Cup, the European Cup Winners' Cup, the European Super Cup, and the English FA Cup. As a manager, he’s won three Scottish Premier League championships, but considering the league was basically a two-horse race between Celtic and Rangers, that accomplishment isn’t as impressive as it may sound.
To put Strachan’s managing credentials into perspective, his winning percentage with Celtic was 67.03 while at Coventry it was 32.56 and at Southampton it was 35.25. At Middlesbrough it was a lowly 28.26 per cent. If Strachan is still managing Scotland in 2016 it’ll come as quite a surprise to millions of fans.
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