Former Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith believes “things had picked up” in the Scotland camp in recent games and admits he’s “very surprised” by Gordon Strachan‘s departure.
Strachan’s departure was confirmed earlier this afternoon via the SFA’s official Twitter account, with his assistant Mark McGhee also leaving the national team.
And while Strachan’s critics were given yet another stick to beat him with following Scotland’s failure to reach the World Cup qualifier playoffs on Sunday, Smith thought the 60-year-old would have been keen to stay on.
Smith spoke to BBC Sportsound:
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Scotland had lost just once in their final eight matches under Strachan and their was a great sense of optimism going into the final two qualifiers with Slovakia and Slovenia.
The dramatic winner against Slovakia at Hampden also appeared to strengthen the former Celtic manager’s position.
However, a dismal showing in the final match against Slovenia saw Scotland’s World Cup hopes crash and burn during a 2-2 draw.