Malky Mackay has stepped down as SFA performance director as the former Watford manager seeks pastures new.

Mackay joined the SFA four years ago after managerial stints at Watford, Norwich City and Cardiff City. His goal was to improve elite talent development across the Scottish game.

The former Watford man is gone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As qualification campaigns come to an end across the board, Mackay is leaving his post. Whilst the senior Scotland team have gone on to achieve great things in the past week with major tournament qualification for the first time since 1998, the same can’t be said for the U21s.

They have fallen at the final hurdle of qualification for the U21s European Championship, Scott Gemmill’s men losing 1-0 to Greece on Tuesday.


It was reported last month that Mackay’s job could be at risk due to a restructuring process that may bring about unfortunate redundancies at the SFA.

Changes afoot at Hampden. (Photo by Alex Morton – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

“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,” said Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell.

“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.”

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