Gordon Strachan as quit his job as Scotland manager after failing to lead his side to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In a statement released by the SFA Gordon Strachan said: “I said on my first day as Scotland manager that it was the proudest moment of my career and that I wanted to put a smile back on the nation’s face again.
“I share the profound disappointment at missing out on the play-offs, especially having worked so hard to fight our way back into contention.
“The players should receive immense credit for that resilience in coming back from a difficult start and I would like to thank each and every player who has come in to represent their country.
“Together we have shared some really magical moments and those memories will live with me forever.
“Of course, what made those moments special was the unwavering support of our fans. Through highs and lows, you have stayed with the team and my biggest regret is not being able to provide the finals tournament you deserve.
“I would like to thank the Board, the backroom staff and everyone at the Scottish FA for the help and support they have given me as national coach.
“It has been a real privilege.”
There will be disagreements about the decision but few would argue that the news came as much of a shock.
The SFA could not be seen to be a rewarding failure and as the players trudged off the pitch in Ljubljana, it felt like the end, not only for their World Cup chances but for the manager.
He had come close to walking away in the past and the speed of today’s decision was most likely aided by a reluctance from the man himself to carry on.