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Former Southampton boss Mark Wotte leaves role as SFA Performance Director

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The Scottish Football Association (SFA) have confirmed that performance director Mark Wotte has quit his role.7

Wotte was appointed by the SFA in June 2011 in response to the following the Henry McLeish Review of Scottish Football, with his remit to oversee the body's performance strategy across all age groups.

But he had decided that he has accomplished all he had set out to do in the role, and is now ready to move on to a fresh challenge.

Wotte said: “I am proud to have been the Scottish FA’s first performance director leading this nationwide project and I leave safe in the knowledge that this great football nation is on the rise again."

“With the performance schools now into their third year, the successes in qualification for finals by our national youth teams, and of course the great work by Gordon Strachan and Anna Signeul in the men’s and women’s A squads, I am confident that Scottish football is on the path to success again.

“I have absolutely loved my time in Scotland and have been grateful for the excellent support of my coaching team, performance department staff and, of course, the member clubs.

"However, my job was to implement the strategy to move Scottish football forward: clearly the structure is now fully in place and Scottish football will continue to see the benefits in coming years.

“I feel I have completed the tasks I was set and I am delighted with the swift progress but I am really looking forward to a new challenge."

Two of the most signifcant changes broight in by the SFA during Wotte's tenure included the creation of the Scottish Professional Football League Under-20 League, which was controversial amongst some club officials.

There have also been seven regional performance schools, involving more than 300 of the country's most talented boys and girls set up throughout Scotland during his time with the body.

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