As the dust settles on what was another miserable night for the tartan army, the SFA have a massive decision on their hands.
Is it time for Gordon Strachan to be given his books?
Scotland were already on the brink of another disastrous campaign before the drubbing by the Auld Enemy on Friday night.
The failure to beat Lithuania and Slovakia has proved the last straw for the majority of fans.
The performance at Wembley was decent at times, however the fact remains that England took their chances and we didn’t.
The fans are growing tired of decent performances and not taking anything from the game. I feel they would prefer to start performing poorly providing the team started taking results from these qualifiers.
The cry is sack Strach, to which I agree. However this is the problem. Who takes over? And are they good enough to finally take the country back to a major finals?
Who comes in if Gordon Strachan is sacked?
The names of the favourites read like a who’s who of failed managers who have won little in their careers in the dugout.
Alex McLeish is, unbelievably, the favourite. The former Scotland boss was undoubtedly one of the most successful in recent times as he narrowly missed out on Euro 2008. A late defeat to Italy saw Scotland’s dreams crushed at Hampden.
However Big Eck has done nothing much other than guiding Birmingham City to a famous league cup final win against Arsenal. For me thats simply not enough to merit being awarded the Scotland job again.
Moyes, McInnes and Lambert are among the other candidates.
Davie Moyes was undoubtedly unlucky to lose his dream job at Old Trafford. However he has went from one failed job to another and is currently struggling to keep Sunderland afloat in the Premier League.
In my opinion I don’t really see what he would bring to the Scotland job. Other than it being an escape from his current situation.
Derek McInnes has brought Aberdeen to becoming the second best club in Scotland. In the past couple of seasons he added a League cup to his CV. I’m not overawed however by his managerial ability. Although he would be a feisty character in the dressing room and may shape the deadwood up or get rid of them.
Paul Lambert is a total no go for me, too. He may be a European Cup winner in his playing days. The truth is since 2009-10 and his promotion double with Norwich City he has failed in spells at Aston Villa and Blackburn and I cant see him leaving his new position at Wolves to take the poisoned chalice at Hampden.
A gamble this time?
Michael O Neill guided Northern Ireland to the first tournament finals in their history. Strangely enough he has previously cited that Gordon Strachan was his influence in management. So what a coincidence it would be if the SFA was to turn to the former Shamrock Rovers boss.
O Neill won Rovers their first league title in 14 years also winning a league cup and achieving european football when they reached the group stage of the 2011-12 Europa League.
The Northern Irishman would probably be the more successful choice throughout his career. However his loyalty to his country will be putting paid to any thoughts on a move to Scotland.
This Time? Next Time? Ever Again?
It will be an incredible 20 years since Scotland travelled abroad for a major tournament finals in 1998. A year in which US President Bill Clinton denied having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, The Good Friday agreement was signed in Ireland and the world was introduced to digital tv for the first time.
The chance is now all but gone to qualify for Russia in 2018 and based on the way the team are performing I wont be booking any flights to Qatar. unless we can find our Messiah in the same way that the other home nations have found theirs.
Much may depend on whether Gordon Strachan is sacked or backed this time.