Malky Mackay has spoken out after the former Cardiff City and Watford manager left his post as performance director at the SFA.

After four years at the SFA, Mackay heads for the exit door following his position in a role designed to improve elite talent development across the Scottish game. His exit comes after Scotland’s senior side qualified for Euro 2020 but the U21s failed to reach the youth equivalent.

Scotland Women’s side have also qualified for a World Cup whilst Mackay has been with the SFA.

Previously, Mackay had been manager of Cardiff City, Watford and Wigan. Now he seeks pastures new after his SFA exit, explaining his reasoning for leaving his latest position.


“As a number of qualification campaigns draw to a close and after four years in post, it feels like the right time to step down from my role as Performance Director,” said Mackay.

Scotland Under 21 v Croatia U21 - UEFA Under 21 Championship

The former Watford man has left his post. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Together, I believe significant progress has been made during my tenure. Collaboration at its best is a powerful force for good in the Scottish game. One such example being the Pride Labs, which our club coaches have really embraced and come together to share best practice.

“We’ve seen more players reared in Performance Schools breaking into first teams north and south of the border and playing with distinction. We have also enjoyed strong relationships with our member clubs both at board level and within the academy structure.

“At various age levels our National Youth Teams have consistently recorded excellent results against countries such as Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Germany and France. Most importantly we have done so with a consistent style of play throughout all our youth teams, one which I firmly believe will equip us to compete against our European counterparts more readily and over time give our players the platform to become top internationals of the future.

Looking back on his tenure. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Our Talent ID player database stretches further than it ever has and our dedicated team of staff continue to scour the UK and beyond for Scottish talent to broaden the pool of players available to our national coaches.

“Last year, we came together as a nation to support Shelley Kerr and her staff as they led Scotland to its first FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals, in France – another ground-breaking experience I thoroughly enjoyed supporting and being a part of.

“It was also a great pleasure to be asked by the board to step in as interim manager for our national men’s international against Netherlands – an honour I’d like to thank them for and a memory I will cherish forever.


The former Watford boss has explained his reasoning. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I am proud to have served Scottish football and to have played a part in the progress that has undoubtedly been made in more recent times.”

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