Today marks the oneyear anniversary of Alex McLeish’s first game back in control of Scotland.
Since replacement Gordon Strachan as Scotland manager in February 2018, McLeish has been under constant evaluation to demonstrate that he could end the 22-year await eligibility for a significant finals.
However, the jury remains from the 60-year-old with just four wins from 11 matches.
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Placing in the planet
There isn’t any doubt McLeish deserves credit for attaining the play offs of the Nations League in front of Israel and Albania, but besides that there’s been almost no to help Scotland push up the FIFA positions.
In reality, matters have got worse.
When McLeish became Scotland manager in ancient 2018 the national team were ranked 32nd in the world. Yet ever since chances are they’ve dropped as little as 42nd, to then grow marginally to today’s standing of 40th.
Back in January 20 17 Scotland were even further down the rankings in 67th place, wedged between Benin and also Guinea-Bissau. Yet a run of eight games where Scotland won four and brought three hauled Strachan’s up to 32nd.
Points and targets
To properly assess McLeish’s list since returning to Hampden, we will need to go somewhat farther back and compare with the national team’s performances under his predecessors.
As an instance, Scotland are averaging just 1.09 goals each game in McLeish’s next stint in charge. Not merely is that less than the average during his previous bout – 1.44 – however, it’s also the third lowest return since Scotland last reached a significant tournament.
What is maybe even more concerning is that Scotland’s defensive record under McLeish has shot upto 1.64 conceded goals per game. This isn’t simply considerably worse than the 1.1 goals each match conceded under Strachan, but also surpasses the rather abject performances under Craig Levein, George Burley and also Berti Vogts.
After 1-1 matches, the national team are averaging just 1.09 points each game. To place that in context, it’s perhaps not simply around half the yield they chose up if McLeish first shot over in 2007, but can be the 2nd lowest yield for a Scotland manager since 2002.
Burley, using an average of 0.86 points each game, spares the recent Scotland manager from the wooden spoon.
More gamers, less consistency
One of the explanations for McLeish’s unsuccessful re start as Scotland manager could be the way he has chopped and changed his squad so much.
Although he has had to compete with injuries, he’s also hunted high and wide to alternative options in many of places as the state transitions in one generation of players to the second.
Really, as we can see in the table above, McLeish has already called up on 4 6 players over just 11 games. Not merely is that nearly double the 26 players he stuck during his initial stint in charge, it suggests he is well on path to quickly transcend the 5 8 Strachan used throughout his lecture tenure.
In reality, when we break down it to distinct players called up each game, McLeish’s average of 4.18 is higher than some of his past five predecessors and more than Vogts’ 2.48 – inspite of the German coach’s notorious reputation for handing out call-ups onto a whim.