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SFA set to discuss future of McLeish as Scotland boss

Alex McLeish's future is in doubt

Talks: Alex McLeish (pic: SNS Group)


The future of Alex McLeish as Scotland manager could become clearer on Thursday after a Scottish FA board meeting at Hampden Park.

The former Rangers and Hibs boss has overseen a disappointing start to the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, a laboured win over San Marino following an embarrassing defeat to Kazakhstan in March.

Those results piled more pressure on the 60-year-old, who has struggled to win over large sections of the Tartan Army since his appointment as manager of the national team for the second time.

It had been reported that there were concerns over McLeish’s health and that he was struggling to cope with the demands of the job.

Despite securing a potential path into Euro 2020 via a Nations League play-off, the aftermath of the two qualifiers saw speculation surface that his sacking was imminent.

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell, president Alan McCrae and vice-president Rod Petrie are expected to sit round the table tomorrow morning with Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster and board members Michael Mulraney, Thomas McKeown and Ana Stewart.

The reasons for the stuttering start to the Euro 2020 campaign is high on the agenda, according to the BBC, and the suitability of McLeish to continue in the role could also be the subject of some serious discussion.

SPFL announce key dates for next season

The SPFL has announced that the new league season will start on the weekend of Saturday, 3 August, when all four divisions will kick-off.

The group stages of the League Cup will see the action begin in mid-July, with the final being played on the weekend of December 7/8.

The Premiership winter break will continue with the top flight shutting down from Monday, 30 December – Friday, 17 January, 2020, with the final weekend of league games played on May 16/17 2020.

The SPFL will release the actual schedule of fixtures for next season in June.

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