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McClair leaves SFA performance director role

By July 21, 2016No Comments

Brian McClair has left his role as performance director after just over a year in the job, the Scottish FA have confirmed.

The former Manchester United striker, who took over from Mark Wotte in 2015, was charged with overseeing the development of Scottish football in line with the SFA’s strategic document “Scotland United: A 20:20 vision” set-up in 2011.

McClair’s vision for Scotland going forward was due to be revealed at the end of the June but only a month later the SFA and McClair have parted company.

“I can confirm that I will leave my position as Performance Director,” he told the club’s official website.

“I am deeply disappointed that I couldn’t make a significant difference, but I would like to thank my staff for the help they have given me and the board for the opportunity.

“I would also like to wish my successor all the best in the future in their efforts to develop the environment for the young talent that Scotland deserves.”

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan believed McClair wasn’t the right fit for the role despite his vast experience at Manchester United.

“I would like to thank Brian for his time as Performance Director. I am really disappointed that we have parted company after a year, but the complexities of the role cannot be overestimated,” he said.

“While his experience of developing talent over a sustained period of time at Manchester United was a major attribute, being Performance Director requires a different style of leadership and focus.

“As Performance Director, he found himself spending more time lobbying and presenting in the boardroom. It became apparent that this was neither a comfortable nor tenable situation in the long term. I would like to reiterate my thanks to Brian for his efforts and wish him the best of luck in the future”.

Alistair Gray, who has been involved with the performance strategy since its inception, will take over in the interim period and chair the performance working group.

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