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Malky MacKay appointed interim manager of Scotland

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Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay is to take interim charge of the Scotland. The news follows Gordon Strachan's departure on Thursday.

The former Watford, Cardiff and Wigan manager will combine both jobs and take the team for the 9 November friendly against the Netherlands at Pittodrie.

Strachan's time as Scotland manager ended by "mutual consent" after missing out on a World Cup play-off place. Strachan had been in charge of the national side since January 2013.

On announcing Mackay's interim appointment and the upcoming friendly, SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said it was "too premature to discuss" Strachan's long-term successor.­Recruitment phase begins next week," he said. "It's difficult to put a timescale on replacement.

"We believe we can compete [financially] to get the right person for the manager's job.

"We want someone capable of getting to Euro 2020."

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