Mark McGhee and Gordon Strachan
Friday, October 13, 2017
Mark McGhee says there are plenty of good candidates to succeed Gordon Strachan as Scotland boss – but insists the commitment of the players is the key to any future success.
The 60-year-old, assistant to Gordon Strachan for the past four-and-a-half years, spoke exclusively to talkSPORT on Friday less than 24 hours after the duo were relieved of their duties by the Scottish FA.
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The decision to bring a new management team came after Scotland missed out on a place at the 2018 World Cup – the country's tenth successive failure to qualify for a major tournament.
A host of experienced names are being talked about as contenders to lead the Tartan Army, but McGhee has stressed the players must be the ones to take responsibility if they are to end their struggles.
Speaking on the Jim White show, he said: "There are lots that are qualified to do this the job and it is not about that – it is about the players.
"Whoever is appointed, the players have to give the same commitment, the same determination and the same attitude as they have given us over the last year in particular.
“Generally speaking, we have got no complaints about those that have been with us over the whole period but there has been that extra ingredient that took time to develop and certain players and certain circumstances have helped us.
"But when they have that first game for the new manager they have not got ten games to get used to the new manager and build up a trust.
“They have to do the same as they did in the those games against Slovakia, against Slovenia, against Lithuania, against England. They have to give the new manager the same and if they do it then, whoever the manager is, they will have a chance. If they don't do that, we will sitting here in two or three years’ time having the same conversation."
McGhee insists he harbours no grudges over his departure and said serving as Strachan's assistant was the proudest experience of his career.
"I never played in a World Cup or Euros and I always wanted to be involved at that level," he saidd
"When Gordon got the job, I was sitting by the phone hoping he would call me. I was thrilled to get it and it has been a fantastic experience, it really has.
"I am content that, for the most part of it, we’ve made the best of what we had. "
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