Craig Levein: The worst Scotland manager ever?

 

It was announced yesterday evening that Craig Levein had been axed as coach of the Scotland national team. An explanatory statement from the SFA claimed that they had made the decision "…primarily due to the disappointing results".

The timing of the statement means that the announcement of the Scotland squad for next week's friendly against Luxembourg will be postponed, allowing time for interim manager and under-21 coach, Billy Stark, to assess his selection options.

The "disappointing results" that the SFA statement referred to come in the form of three wins, four draws and five losses from Levein's twelve competitive games in charge since his appointment in December 2009 - a win percentage of only 25 per cent.

The only manager of the national team in the last 30 years with a worse record was Sir Alex Ferguson (20 per cent), but four of his five competitive games in charge came in the 1986 World Cup where his Scotland team faced tough tests against Denmark, Uruguay and West Germany.

Conversely, Scotland's most successful manager in this period was Alex McLeish who, from January to November of 2007, led his Scotland side to five victories in eight matches - a 62 per cent winning record.

In an attempt to replicate the glory days of McLeish, during which they beat France home and away in qualifiers for the 2008 European Championships, the SFA will reconvene to begin their search for the next national coach after the Luxembourg friendly. SFA chief executive Stewart Regan went on to admit that "…we are bottom of the group, but we are not bottom of the group material and want to move up the group as far as possible…".

The bookies' favourite to replace Levein is former Scotland midfielder and Celtic manager Gordon Strachan. The 55-year-old has been away from football for two years since leaving his job as Middlesbrough manager by mutual consent in October 2010, but was tipped by Alex McLeish to be a "pretty good choice" in an interview with talkSPORT.

With World Cup qualification already looking beyond them, the Scots travel to Luxembourg on November 14 in search of a confidence-boosting win.     

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore