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Alex McLeish set to be sacked by Scotland after Kazakhstan nightmare: report

Alex McLeish.
Alex McLeish.

Scotland are expected to relieve manager Alex McLeish of his duties after a disappointing start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

The Daily Record reports that Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell will inform the boss that his second spell as Scotland manager is over when the pair meet for talks.

The report suggests that concerns the 60-year-old's health is being impacted by the pressure of the job are central to the decision.

It follows the infamous 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan last Thursday; a result branded the worst in Scotland's football history. The team did bounce back with victory on Sunday but the modest 2-0 win over San Marino, the lowest side in the FIFA world rankings, was greeted with boos from the 3,000 strong travelling support.

McLeish has won five of his 12 games in charge during his second spell as Scotland manager.

David Moyes has now been installed as the 3/1 favourite to become the next permanent boss, ahead of the likes of Steve Clarke, Gordon Strachan and Derek McInness.

McLeish was appointed in February 2018, only after the SFA failed to tempt Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill to switch jobs.

O'Neill's £500,000 release fee had been agreed and the SFA held discussions with the former Shamrock Rovers chief only to be snubbed.

"Having given the matter a great deal of thought and consideration, I have decided not to take up the opportunity to become the next Scotland National team manager," O'Neill said just a few weeks before McLeish was installed.

"It's a huge honour to be offered the position however I do not feel that this is the right opportunity for me at this moment in my career."

Scotland have not qualified for a major tournament since the World Cup in 1998. They do have a chance to reach Euro 2020 as, under McLeish, their performance in the UEFA Nations League was good enough to rubber-stamp their place in a play-off, regardless of their qualification displays.

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