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Strachan steps down as Scotland football manager

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London (AFP) – Gordon Strachan has stepped down as Scotland manager following the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the Scottish Football Association announced on Thursday.

The SFA said Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee would leave “with immediate effect” to give his successor maximum time to prepare for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Strachan steps down as Scotland football manager

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London (AFP) – Gordon Strachan has stepped down as Scotland manager following the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the Scottish Football Association announced on Thursday.

The SFA said Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee would leave “with immediate effect” to give his successor maximum time to prepare for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Official: Gordon Strachan Leaves Role As Scotland Manager After Missing Out On Two Major Tournaments In Succession

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Not that there was ever much doubt, but Gordon Strachan has today left his post as Scotland manager with immediate effect after failing to qualify for his second major tournament in succession.

A 2-2 draw in their final qualifier against Slovenia last week was enough to see the Scots fall short of reaching Russia 2018 on goal difference, with Strachan left to rue his side's genetic deficiencies in the aftermath.

Coaching jobs: Celtics seem to be a black hole

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Gordon Strachan's departure has opened up a void.

Owen Coyle commits to Burnley. Roberto Martinez is soon to be at Wigan. Tony Adam's investiture was denied by the club. Mark McGhee is still with Motherwell. Henrik Larsson rumouredly was on his way to Scotland but this is being denied by his agent.

Gordon Strachan leaves Celtic

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After four very successful years, Gordon Strachan has decided to leave Celtic. The speculations regarding his future had been mounting throughout the season but it seems that losing the SPL title to Rangers was the last drop. The Bhoys were on the verge of winning the fourth consecutive league title, having led the race with Rangers from the very start of the league campaign, but the big downtrend in form during the latter stages of the season allowed Gers to leapfrog them in the standings and win the long-awaited title.

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Apoplectic: Motherwell Boss Mark McGhee Filmed Swearing After Being Sent To Stands, Threatens Legal Action (Video)

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Motherwell manager Mark McGhee appeared to threaten legal action in the aftermath of his side's heavy defeat against Aberdeen in Scottish Premiership.

However, McGhee wasn't consideringsuing overWell's criminal performance in the 7-2 loss, rather the fact that he was filmed by a fan after getting himself sent to the stands in the latter stages.

Co-operative Insurance Cup: Celtic v Aberdeen

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Was it really only a couple of months ago that Aberdeen and Celtic met in Glasgow and produced the SPL's most one sided result?

That 9-0 walloping seems a long time ago now.

It's hard to claim that Celtic have enjoyed a regal procession to the top of the league since then. They haven't, there has been the odd faltering step along the way.

Aberdeen To Finally Land Craig Brown

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Not yet confirmed but it looks like Craig Brown is on his way to Aberdeen after all. After saying "no" at first it now looks like persistence has paid off for Stewart Milne and the Aberdeen board.

What you might call a ginormous kick in the nads for Motherwell, who lose a second manager to Aberdeen in as many as years.

Return To Action

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The blog has been experiencing a period of neglect. Events, dear boy, events.

Getting used to the commute to the wild west every morning. Jings, but that train journey is a bind. Intriguingly I have discovered that it only takes the journey from Edinburgh Waverley to Haymarket to digest The Metro.

Does a club affiliation really matter?

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By Laurie Fitzgerald

There will be a few people within football that won't have had the best of weekends. Ray Wilkins will still be scratching his head as to how he lost his job as Chelsea assistant, while both Mark McGhee and Andy Hessenthaler will be feeling the increasing pressure on them after defeats for Aberdeen and Gillingham respectively.

League Cup Quarter Finals Preview

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Quarter final time in the Co-operative Insurance Cup this midweek. The lesser of our major competitions. Still nice to win it though.

And it would be even nicer to get through these games without the merest hint of a refereeing controversy. Please.

Aberdeen v Falkirk
As the last lower division club left in the draw Falkirk will have been happy to get Aberdeen, a team that has turned cup embarrassments into something of a specialist subject of late.

Just Like Starting Over

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Bejabers! The SPL is back.

And that means the weekly Scottish Football Blog preview post must make it's return.

I was tempted to avoid becoming a hostage to fortune again and stop the predictions that proved so farcical last year.

But where's the fun in that?

So I'll persevere.

SPL 2010/2011: Aberdeen

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"Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in."

A warm welcome back to Seb Gevers, the now retired supremo of the unfortunately defunct Inside Left blog.

Seb continues to post about all things Aberdeen on The Offside and has kindly agreed to provide a preview of how the 2010/11 SPL season might pan out for the Dandy Dons.

Clueless mediocrity

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This article may well consign my application as a regular contributor for the Aberdeen match day programme to the bin, but it won't be the only thing around here that's worth binning, to wit: Mark McGhee, Aberdeen FC's dreams of European football next season (or any season, for that matter) and the hopes and dreams [.

New Manager Syndrome – Fact or Fiction?

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Jimmy Calderwood didn't get off to the best of starts as he tries to rekindle his managerial career his Kilmarnock side went down 3-0 at home to Motherwell. We often hear about the effect that a change of manager has on a side. For many trigger-happy chairmen, it's the main reason why they sack their [.

Dynamic Duo set to leave MLS

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by FRANCO PANIZO

If the Houston Dynamo is to continue its relative MLS success next season, it will likely have to do so without two of their most talented players.

Midfielders Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden are out of contract at season's end, and both players are unlikely to return to the club, having been strongly linked with moves to Europe during the upcoming winter transfer window.

Dynamic Duo set to leave MLS

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by FRANCO PANIZO

If the Houston Dynamo is to continue its relative MLS success next season, it will likely have to do so without two of their most talented players.

Midfielders Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden are out of contract at season's end, and both players are unlikely to return to the club, having been strongly linked with moves to Europe during the upcoming winter transfer window.

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Falkirk 0-0 Aberdeen. The Dons keep their 3rd consecutive clean sheet. If only they could score at the other end ...

Latest: Ex-Toronto man Ricketts edges closer to Aberdeen move; West Ham United and Manchester United old boy in South Africa

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The latest news coming from Scottish Premier Division club Aberdeen suggests that former Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Toronto FC man Rohan Ricketts is in line to sign for the club. Ricketts, who has been without a club since being released by the MLS side in June, has impressed on trial at the Dons, looking lively [.

Sam Tillen Blog (4): Hard luck Aberdeen; Good luck to ex-Brentford man

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Sam Tillen of Fram Reykjavik will be writing regularly for Les Rosbifs, revealing the behind-the-scenes stories and events of his team's Europa League and PepsiDeild campaigns. If you would like to ask Sam a question, or leave a comment, please do so clicking on the link below. The weekend of the 1st of August was the [.

McGhee to Aberdeen. At last.

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The worst kept secret in the SPL was finally revealed this morning as Mark McGhee was unveiled today as Aberdeen's 21st manager, bringing to an end a frantic week of negotiations, frustrating radio silence and much anguish from the Aberdeen support desperate to see their prodigal son return.

The problem with messiahs …

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The word 'legend' has been thrown around a lot these last few days in the pubs of Aberdeen. There's talk of rekindling the spirit of '83, of domestic success and of fortress Pittodrie around the Aberdeen FC forums and fansites.

If, as is widely expected, Mark McGhee returns to the club where he more than earned his legend status, he can expect a mostly warm welcome from the Pittodrie support hankering for success after many years in the footballing wilderness.

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Scottish football team takes inspiration from watching Murray

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London (AFP) Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee says Andy Murray's rise to the top of the tennis world rankings can inspire their country to a famous victory against old rivals England.

The 29-year-old Murray, who has won Wimbledon and Olympic gold this year, is now widely regarded as one of Scotland's greatest ever sportsmen.

Scottish football team takes inspiration from watching Murray

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London (AFP) Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee says Andy Murray's rise to the top of the tennis world rankings can inspire their country to a famous victory against old rivals England.

The 29-year-old Murray, who has won Wimbledon and Olympic gold this year, is now widely regarded as one of Scotland's greatest ever sportsmen.

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SPL Today: Celtic Face Ancient Regime

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Five games, five traditional kick off times.

This is what Neil Doncaster's ten team SPL could look like if everything is as bad as feared and Sky and ESPN run screaming for the hills.

Celtic v Aberdeen
The last time Aberdeen visited Celtic they were sent home humiliated and robbed of their dignity.

SPL: Boxing Day Bonanza

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A full SPL card on Boxing Day to help you digest the turkey leftovers.

Well, maybe. Weather permitting. At the moment all the games are on. But that's subject to change. Motherwell are working on a burst pipe but are apparently confident the TV game will go ahead. A decision on the Hibs game and Aberdeen's ability to get to Edinburgh is being made tomorrow.

The SPL Weekend

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A few weeks since the last prediction post. Maybe the lay-off will have improved my performance. Although recent experience at the bookies would suggest not.

This weekend's SPL feast boasts a relatively intriguing starter, a rather stodgy main course and then, with a suitable break to aid digestion, one of those showpiece desserts that always fascinate but often leave a bitter aftertaste.

Back To Business

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Another international break and it all went a bit medieval. After being slain in a distant land we embarked on a spot of regicide. So it's bye, bye George and hello .... ? God save the king, whoever he might be.We don't know. Walter Smith and Mark McGhee have already said they don't want the job. Jim Jefferies won't talk about it, Craig Levein is hotly tipped but United are extending a half

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Aberdeen says it won’t bid for Stuart Holden

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Aberdeen FC manager Mark McGhee appears to have conceded defeat in the club's attempts to sign Stuart Holden, Sky Sports reported Thursday.

Get more on the story at ASN's 'Over There' page.


Weekend TV Preview: 15 - 16 August 2009

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(All times - UK)

Saturday 15th August

12.45 Chelsea v Hull City, Premier League, Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports HD1
The Premier League begins right here (as Sky are probably only too keen to remind you). Hull earned a creditable goalless draw here last season but few will predict anything similar this time around.

Weekend TV Preview: 15 - 16 August 2009

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Saturday 15th August

12.45 Chelsea v Hull City, Premier League, Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports HD1
The Premier League begins right here (as Sky are probably only too keen to remind you). Hull earned a creditable goalless draw here last season but few will predict anything similar this time around.

The Rest

New Union CBO, more preseason games, open practice, more news

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Union announce new chief business officer. Preseason match schedule now at six games. Video and more from open practice. More news.

Mick in context – a look at McCarthy’s Wolves reign

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by Adam Bate

To put Mick McCarthy's Wolverhampton Wanderers reign into perspective you need to go much further back than its beginning in 2006. You need to go back to 1989 – the year that Wolves won the old Division Three title.

Until McCarthy's arrival at the club that was not only the last team to win a league title but it was also the last team that had a meaningful connection with the club's supporters.

Play Off Nostalgia: Reading Vs Bolton (1995)

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Reading have ever been a club that have relied on momentum; in 2003 and 2007, they followed promotions with trailblazing seasons, but 1994-95 was just as monumental. The silky passing side constructed by Mark McGhee, Second Division Champions in 1994, immediately launched a challenge to go one better.

Europe Beckons For Houston Dynamo's Stuart Holden?

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Ridge Mahoney in MLS Confidential wrote this on Stuart Holden. The Houston Dynamo midfielder looked to be seriously considering moving to Europe to enhance his footballing future after brilliant performances in the season just past.

What should Stuart Holden do?by Ridge Mahoney, Friday, Dec 18, 2009 12:48 AM ET

If he goes for the money, Stuart Holden is already headed for Europe even if he hasn't signed a deal.

Jim Leighton leaves Aberdeen

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McGhee proves there's no room for sentimentality in modern football

QPR Snippets: Magilton/Abrdeen?...No QPR Departure Announced....Gallen Staying....Oli Starring...

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