Malky Mackay has become the second high profile departure from the SFA in the space of a week.
After speculation about cost cutting and upto 20 redundancies the former Celtic and Queens Park defender has stepped down from his role of Performance Director. During his four yearst in the job he took charge of the full international side for a friendly against Holland after Stewart Regan sacked Gordon Strachan.
Over the last six years Mark Wotte and Brian McClair have held the job, like outgoing Compliance Officer Clare Whyte it is unlikely that Mackay’s will be replaced.
Wotte famously came up with a 2020 Plan but quit in 2014. Announcing long term plans and strategies buys time in a job like a Performance Director safe in the knowledge that you won’t be held accountable if the plans flops.
Burying the new ahead of tonight’s match with Israel, Chief Executive Ian Maxwell told the SFA website:
Malky has implemented a best practice framework within the performance department that has strengthened our national teams and reinforced relationships between clubs, Performance Schools and Club Academy Scotland.
I would like to thank Malky – as a colleague, friend and former team-mate – for his considerable contribution and commitment to the performance strategy and wish him every success for the future.
Previously Mackay managed at Watford, Cardiff City and Wigan, during the summer he was linked with the Dundee United job.
Rod Petrie remains as President of the SFA, Darryl Broadfoot has a Communications consultancy role at the SFA.