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Scottish FA place Malky Mackay in temporary charge

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Malky Mackay will take interim charge of Scotland while the search for Gordon Strachan's successor begins.

Mackay, the Scottish Football Association's performance director, will oversee a friendly against Holland at Pittodrie on November 9.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan made the announcement at a media conference where he revealed the governing body board felt it was "time for a change" when discussing Strachan's future on Thursday.

Regan said: "Ultimately we are in a result business. We had a manager in place for five years coming up. He'd had two campaigns. When the board met to discuss Gordon's position after the defeats to England and Slovakia, we backed the manager, but we backed the manager on the proviso that we made the play-offs.

"We didn't reach the play-offs and we felt it was time for a new coach to give us a new impetus with emerging talent coming through the Scottish game and give us a real chance to make Euro 2020."

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Gap between Scotland and Westminster 'never been wider'

The gap between Scotland and Westminster has "never been wider" Nicola Sturgeon has said at the Scottish National Party conference in Glasgow, as she pledged the SNP will "always" make the case for independence.

The Scottish First Minister had been forced to delay plans for a second Scottish independence referendum, after suffering heavy losses in June's snap general election.

While she insisted her party still has a mandate to hold such a vote, she said she would "respect" the desire for greater clarity over Brexit before Scots go to the polls again.

  • ITV News correspondent Peter Smith reports

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