When England welcome Scotland to Wembley on November 11 in their Group F World Cup qualifier, both sides could have temporary managers in their dugouts as reports emerge that Gordon Strachan could quit as national team boss.
The Scottish FA are not thought to be considering sacking the former Celtic manager, despite drawing at home to Lithuania before losing 3-0 to Slovakia during the international break.
However, according to reports, Strachan is on the verge of breaking point and fears he will be unable to lift his players enough to avoid a potentially heavy defeat against England.
Strachan dodged questions about his future after the defeat in Trnava, saying his thoughts were with his players, as Scotland already seem set to miss out on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite having played only three games.
The 59-year-old will hold discussions with the Scttish FA in the coming days to review the recent results after taking only four points from a possible 12.
Strachan took over from Craig Levein in January 2013 and signed a new two-year contract extension in the wake of failing to qualify for Euro 2016 last year.
Scotland assistant manager and Motherwell boss Mark McGhee revealed he had not spoken to Strachan since their return from Slovakia but remained positive at the prospect of reaching a first major tournament since 1998.
"I still think we have a great chance of qualification," McGhee told BBC Scotland.
"Obviously results have to improve but I think there is the potential for that to happen."
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