London - Gordon Strachan said his appointment
as the new manager of Scotland had been "40 years in the making" after
he was given the task of reviving the country's football fortunes on
Strachan, a former Scotland midfielder, had long been the
favourite to replace Craig Levein, who was sacked in November after a
poor start to a World Cup qualifying campaign left Scotland's hopes of
playing at Brazil 2014 in tatters.
"I am very very proud in myself
and my family are proud I've become Scotland manager," Strachan, whose
appointment was confirmed by the Scottish Football Association at their
Hampden Park headquarters in Glasgow, told Sky Sports.
"It's a great day for me to do this and it's been 40 years in the making," added Strachan, whose contract runs until Euro 2016.
be rough times but I know there'll be good times, too," insisted former
Celtic manager Strachan, who won 50 caps and played under Alex Ferguson
at both Aberdeen and Manchester United.
Scotland have not
featured at the finals of a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in
France and Strachan, who had four successful years as Celtic boss from
2005 to 2009, said he was determined to make fans proud of the national
"Every club you go to there's always challenges but this is the first time the challenges are in front of a nation," he added.
you can be successful you can make a nation happy and make a nation
proud and that is the priority for me to be able to do that with help
from other people."
Strachan, who has been out of a manager's job
since leaving English club Middlesbrough in 2010, said the time was
right for him to move into an international role.
interested as long as someone asks you But I think that time is right
now because I've had that European experience," the 55-year-old said.
"I've had to deal with players and I've also had a couple of years where I can look at national football.
time is right for me to be able to take a job like this. I have the
experience, I like working with people, I like dealing with people and I
like trying to make people better."
Strachan's first game in
charge of Scotland will be a friendly against Estonia at Pittodrie on
February 6, before two World Cup qualifiers in March.
Scotland host Wales at Hampden on March 22 and are away to Serbia four days later.