Gordon Strachan

Fitness doubts still hang over Bale and Fletcher

There were losers all round yesterday in the aftermath of the British derby World Cup qualifier in the snow globe scene of Hampden Park on Friday night. In the wake of a 2-1 comeback victory achieved with the quick one-two of an Aaron Ramsey penalty and a Hal Robson-Kanu header 20 minutes from time, Wales manager Chris Coleman was left to count the loss of the treasured Gareth Bale to injury and the influential Ramsey to a red card to be accounted for ahead of Tuesday's crucial Group A contest with Croatia at the Liberty Stadium.

Vogts: Scotland is full of poor players

The former Scotland manager Alex McLeish believes there are numerous strong candidates to succeed Craig Levein, including caretaker Billy Stark. But Berti Vogts, who was in charge of the Scotland team for two years ending in 2004, believes whoever gets the job will be stymied by "poor players".

No surprises in Scotland squad

Interim Scotland manager Billy Stark has named a familiar squad for next week's friendly against Luxembourg with no surprise inclusions.

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".

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Mowbray targets Europe on Middlesbrough return

After a near 20-year hiatus, Tony Mowbray, Middlesbrough's prodigal son, returned to Teesside yesterday, his challenge to lead the club back into the Premier League. His immediate short-term aim is rather more modest: to extricate the club he represented with such distinction from the Championship relegation zone.