Former Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee takes up Scotland role
Former Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee has this morning taken up a role to assist new Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.
McGhee was relieved of his duties minutes after the final whistle at York City last month following a 4-1 defeat at Bootham Crescent to bring to an end an 11-month spell in charge.
McGhee had overseen a disappointing run of form throughout the first half of the campaign, but has made a quick return to the game by linking up with his former Aberdeen team-mate Strachan following his appointment to take charge of the national side on Tuesday.
McGhee, capped four times by Scotland, was previously in the frame for the national team job himself, having been interviewed in 2008 before the appointment of George Burley.
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Speaking on the Scottish Football Association's official website, McGhee said: "I am immensely proud and honoured to be asked by Gordon to assist him as National Coach.
"There are few more passionate Scots around that Gordon and I am hugely excited by the challenge of taking our national team up the table in the FIFA World Cup Qualifying group and, hopefully, helping to lead us to the Euro Championships in France in 2016.
"Prior to Gordon's appointment, I had been scouting for Craig Levein so I am aware that we have a very exciting squad of players to work with and I look forward to helping Gordon realise his vision for the national team."
Strachan added: "Mark is not just a fantastic coach but a fantastic person. The enthusiasm he brings to the training ground will be a huge asset to me and to the squad.
"It is important that we start out in a positive frame of mind and remind the players that international recognition, as well as being the greatest honour of your career, is also something to savour and enjoy.
"I have known Mark long enough to know that he shares this philosophy and I am delighted to have him on board."