Scotland tipped to end manager McLeish’s tenure

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Alex McLeish is reportedly facing the sack after Scotland's disappointing start to their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.

Alex McLeish is reportedly facing the sack after Scotland’s disappointing start to their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.

The 60-year-old returned for a second spell in charge of the Tartan Army just over 12 months ago as he replaced the axed Gordon Strachan on the back of the nation’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

McLeish did guide the Scots to top spot in their Nations League group ahead of Israel and Albania, although they also suffered defeats against Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands and Belgium in friendly fixtures last year.

Scotland’s opening Euro 2020 Group I ended in a humiliating 3-0 defeat away at Kazakhstan, who are ranked down in 117th place in the world.

They followed that up with an unconvincing 2-0 win in San Marino, who are the lowest-ranked team in world football.

The players were booed off the pitch after that game on Sunday and it has resulted in speculation that the Scottish Football Association are considering a change.

Reports in Scotland claim SFA chief Ian Maxwell will meet with McLeish on Thursday and he could be relieved of his duties by the end of the week.

Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke is already being mooted as McLeish’s potential replacement.

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